This is a companion to last year’s Mythos, in which Stephen Fry recounted and explained in modern language the myths and fables of Ancient Greece. Where Mythos dealt mainly with the Greek Gods, here, he delves into the world of mere mortals, that of the legendary Greek heroes, Jason, Atalanta, Oedipus and so on. These tales are again recounted in today’s language, rather like Neil Gaiman did in his excellent book on Norse mythology not too long ago. I do feel the stories benefit from this entertaining treatment, potentially introducing them to a whole new generation of readers. Some of the footnotes are a bit dry, but Fry is obviously not only very knowledgeable about these stories, but also very fond of them too. His rich style manages to convey a real sense of excitement, as adventures are had, perils overcome and vengeful Gods outwitted. These tales have obviously withstood the test of time and remain in turn funny, dramatic and tragic. If you want battles, white knuckle chases, acts of bravery (and of cowardice), murder, self sacrifice, solving of riddles and seemingly impossible puzzles, then look no further because they are all on offer here!
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Myths and legends – Fry’s entertaining and witty style brings these tales alive for a new generation and shows the mortal heroes of the ancient Greeks were just as important to them as their Gods.
One thing you’ve learned
A third volume covering the Trojan War and The Odyssey is planned for next year.