(Ancient Greek Mythology Book for Adults, Modern Telling of Classical Greek Myths Book)

This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.

Buy this Book on

You must sign in to see if this title is available for request.
Pub Date 27 Aug 2019 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2019

Talking about this book? Use #Mythos #NetGalley. More hashtag tips!


Mythos is a modern collection of Greek myths, stylishly retold by legendary writer, actor, and comedian Stephen Fry. Fry transforms the adventures of Zeus and the Olympians into emotionally resonant and deeply funny stories, without losing any of their original wonder.

This stunning book features classical artwork inspired by the myths, as well as learned notes from the author.

• Each adventure is infused with Fry's distinctive wit, voice, and writing style
• Connoisseurs of the Greek myths will appreciate this fresh-yet-reverential interpretation, while newcomers will feel welcome
• Retellings brim with humor and emotion and offer rich cultural context

Celebrating the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths, Mythos breathes life into ancient tales—from Pandora's box to Prometheus's fire.

This gorgeous volume invites you to explore a captivating world with the brilliant storyteller Stephen Fry as your guide.

• A collectible volume complete with a textured case, a foil-stamped jacket, and full-color art throughout
• The perfect gift for Greek mythology and history buffs, lovers of ancient Greece, art aficionados, and devoted fans of Stephen Fry
• Add it to the shelf with books like Circe by Madeline Miller, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, and Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
Mythos is a modern collection of Greek myths, stylishly retold by legendary writer, actor, and comedian Stephen Fry. Fry transforms the adventures of Zeus and the Olympians into emotionally resonant...

Available Editions

EDITION Other Format
ISBN 9781452178912
PRICE $29.95 (USD)

Available on NetGalley

Download (PDF)

Average rating from 68 members

Featured Reviews

Nonfiction can be dry and difficult to read, but a good way to skirt around this is to write about Greek mythology. The myths and history will always be interesting, but there's the uniqueness of Stephen Fry's voice throughout this- sarcasm, the "modernized" conversations, it made it work for me. I would've loved to be able to hear this read by Fry, but the proof was still good. Of course, while I love to complain, the watermark wasn't bad enough to make me give it 1 star, because I knew that it wasn't important to the story and it seriously didn't make it that hard to read.

Was this review helpful?

Mythos by Stephen Fry is a great start to the mythology! Love it! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of Mythos in exchange for an honest opinion.

Was this review helpful?

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of the American edition courtesy of the publishers via Netgalley. When you really think about it, the Greek myths are about a very dysfunctional, screwy family. Cannibalism, incest, rape, bestiality – Greek gods do it all. Stephen Fry’ Mythos is a chronicle of Greek myths, focusing on the gods, so there is no Troy in this volume. Fry writes like he talks – and this is a good thing. To a person who has read anything about the Greek Myths already, the stories are familiar. What makes this edition at least worth a read is Fry’s use of language and turn of phrase. He pokes fun at names, takes a strange joy in describing someone juggling testicles, and comments about various degrees of parenthood that the gods model. If you have listened to Fry do anything, you can have him narrator the book in your mind and it works so well. There are Terry Pratchett worthy footnotes – the type that contain information and will make you snort milk out of your nose. You can learn about the meaning of names as well as connections to modern times or about virgin births. The book is lavishly illustrated with photos of famous art depicting certain events and figures. The artwork ranges in age from ancient Greek to modern works. The afterword includes more information such as myth vs religion and what exactly ancient Greece was. There is also a source listing. It is a good introduction to the Greek Gods in a fun way.

Was this review helpful?

Readers who liked this book also liked: