Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 26/07/2018
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A Wonderful Read
Absolutely loved Stephen Fry's version of the Greek myths. The myths included start at the very beginning and offer a different take on the creation of the... READ MORE
Sarah in Wolverhampton


No one loves and quarrels, desires and deceives as boldly and brilliantly as Greek gods and goddesses. They are like us, only more so - their actions and adventures scrawled across the heavens above, from the birth of the universe to the creation of humankind. Stephen Fry - who fell in love with these stories as a child - retells these myths for our tragic, comic, fateful age. Witness Athena born from the cracking open of Zeus's great head and follow Persephone down into the dark realm of Hades. Experience the terrible and endless fate of Prometheus after his betrayal of Zeus and shiver as Pandora opens her jar of evil torments. The Greek gods are the best and worst of us, and in Stephen Fry's hands they tell us who we are. Mythos - smart, funny, and above all great fun - is the retelling we deserve by a man who has been entertaining the nation for over four decades.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781405934138
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 343g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm

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Updated review
Ok, updated review time. Why? Well the book deserves a fairer review than a one star "mine isn't signed" rant that someone else has posted. That isn't a re... READ MORE
Book collector
Explains a lot
Mr Fry explains a fascinating story without being heavy about it, with all the detail but not so much that it becomes a yawn.
Damian Ibison
A veritable JOY to read
I have given this book only a four star rating As I have made the common mistake of reading the books in reverse order i.e. Mythos should be read First and... READ MORE
Greek Mythology for beginners?
Humorously told and explained, if you haven't read these myths before, read them now! A touch of Fry makes for entertaining reading.
Richard of Lincolnshire
mythology retold
The story of the geek gods is an old and retold story. It's fun and influential in our society even to this day. Mythos is Steven Frys take on the subject,... READ MORE
Andrew Hollier-Day
Great book
Great book!
Gemma Martin
Good for people new to Greek Myths
If you are completely new to the Greek Myths then this book may be perfect for you - it is well written, starts right from the beginning, and is a good sel... READ MORE
Isabel at Romford
Great book
I didn't know much about Greek myth until I started reading this book, but I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot, and am now fascinated about the influence ... READ MORE
Lily La
Absolutely Wonderful!!!
The Greek myths are the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo,... READ MORE
Read too much
Brilliant Read
Stephen Fry does a brilliant job in bringing the ancient Greeks to the modern time and opens your eyes to the birth of Greek mythology.
Ryan Clifton
The Most Epic Tales in the Most Bite-sized Chunks
Somehow brings more light to the already radiant tales of the Greek gods. I love it almost as much as I love the main man Mr Fry. And I have 'Heroes' all r... READ MORE
Michael at Glasgow Fort
Greek Myth Newbie
Very heavy going but Mr Fry's style has made it very enjoyable. I think I will be rereading this book for years to come as there is so much to remember.
Peter Larkin
Not what I thought it would be
In the past I was fascinated by Greek Mythology and the various gods of Olympus and their interactions with humans. Having read Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mytholo... READ MORE
Aidan H E  Rogers
A charming and vibrant retelling
Such beauty, energy, and attention to detail in Fry’s writing. Bringing the Greek myths vibrantly to life. Brimming with humanity, it’s a must for the mode... READ MORE
Roisin McAnulty
Great place to start
I’ve always wanted to know more about Greek mythology but have never known where to start. This book makes it fun and interesting, and not overwhelming. I ... READ MORE
Tilly Lock
A must read
Amazing book! Definitely worth reading if you love Greek Myths
Jasmine Starbuck
10/10 would read again
Very witty and very easy to read. Absolutely will read again and is most definitely one of my favourite books now
Lucy ThackerayBowker
Fun read
Enjoyed this, but not as much as I was hoping to given Fry’s excellent novel
Emily R
Easy to digest and entertaining overview of the Greek myths
If you have ever wanted to read about the Greek mythological characters, but found the scholarly and weighty tomes available a bit daunting, then this is t... READ MORE
Chris Archer
Good read
Good book, witty and engaging
John O'Neill