The Library of Greek Mythology

ISBN : 9780199536320

Apollodorus; Robin Hard
336 Pages
127 x 195 mm
Pub date
Jun 2008
Oxford World's Classics


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  • * The only accurate, affordable edition of an ancient guide to Greek myth

The only work of its kind to survive from classical antiquity, the Library of Apollodorus is a unique guide to Greek mythology, from the origins of the universe to the Trojan War. 

Apollodorus' Library has been used as a source book by classicists from the time of its compilation in the 1st-2nd century BC to the present, influencing writers from antiquity to Robert Graves. It provides a complete history of Greek myth, telling the story of each of the great families of heroic mythology, and the various adventures associated with the main heroes and heroines, from Jason and Perseus to Heracles and Helen of Troy. As a primary source for Greek myth, as a reference work, and as an indication of how the Greeks themselves viewed their mythical traditions, the Library is indispensable to anyone who has an interest in classical mythology. 

Robin Hard's accessible and fluent translation is supplemented by comprehensive notes, a map and full genealogical tables. The introduction gives a detailed account of the Library's sources and situates it within the fascinating narrative traditions of Greek mythology. 


1.   Theogony
2.   The Deucalionids
3.   Jason and the Argonauts
4.   Early Actie mythology (the Inachids, Belid Line)
5.   Heracles, and the Heraclids
6.   Cretan and Theban mythology the Inachids, Agenorid line)
7.   The Theban Wars
8.   Arcadian mythology (the Pelagids)
9.   Laconian and Trojan mythology (the Atlantids)
10.  The Asopids
11.  The kings of Athens
12.  The Pelopids
13.  The Trojan War
14.  The returns

About the author: 

Translated with introduction and notes by Robin Hard, Tutor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Reading

the primary source book for all collections of Hellenic myths - Oxford Times

it is an accessible and enjoyable trip through Greek mythology. - Herts Advertiser (St Albans edition), 10 July 1997

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