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Works and Days, The Theogony, and The Shield of Heracles by Hesiod

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Works and Days provides advice on agrarian matters and personal conduct. The Theogony explains the ancestry of the gods. The Shield of Heracles is the adventure of Heracles accepting an enemy’s challenge to fight. – Summary by Arthur Krolman for Librivox

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Works and Days

The Theogony

The Shield of Heracles

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The Aeneid by Virgil

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The Aeneid

VIRGIL (70 BC – 19 BC), translated by John DRYDEN (1631 – 1700)

The Aeneid is a Latin epic written by Virgil in the 1st century BC that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who traveled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. The first six of the poem’s twelve books tell the story of Aeneas’ wanderings from Troy to Italy, and the poem’s second half treats the Trojans’ ultimately victorious war upon the Latins, under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed. The poem was commissioned from Vergil by the Emperor Augustus to glorify Rome. Several critics think that the hero Aeneas’ abandonment of the Cartheginian Queen Dido, is meant as a statement of how Augustus’ enemy, Mark Anthony, should have behaved with the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. (Summary by Wikipedia and Karen Merline)

Running time: 13 hours, 40 minutes

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Book 1: A Fateful Haven, part 1

Book 1: A Fateful Haven, part 2

Book 2: How they took the City, part 1

Book 2: How they took the City, part 2

Book 3: Sea Wanderings and Strange Meetings, part 1

 

Book 3: Sea Wanderings and Strange Meetings, part 2

Book 4: The Passion of the Queen, part 1

 

Book 4: The Passion of the Queen, part 2

Book 5: Games and a Conflagration, part 1

 

Book 5: Games and a Conflagration, part 2

Book 6: The World Below, part 1

Book 6: The World Below, part 2

Book 7: Juno Served by a Fury, part 1

Book 7: Juno Served by a Fury, part 2

Book 8: Arcadian Allies, part 1

Book 8: Arcadian Allies, part 2

Bk 09: A Night Sortie, a Day Assault, pt 1

Bk 09: A Night Sortie, a Day Assault, pt 2

Bk 10: The Death of Princes, pt 1

Bk 10: The Death of Princes, pt 2

Bk 11: Debaters and a Warrior Girl, pt 1

Bk 11: Debaters and a Warrior Girl, pt 2

Bk 12: The Fortunes of War, pt 1

Bk 12: The Fortunes of War, pt 2

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The Iliad by Homer, translated by Samuel Butler

Der Raub der Helena by Guido Reni, The work of art depicted in this image and the reproduction thereof are in the public domain worldwide. The reproduction is part of a collection of reproductions compiled by The Yorck Project. The compilation copyright is held by Zenodot Verlagsgesellschaft mbH and licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License

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Total running time:  14 hours, 30 minutes

Iliad cover art, courtesy of Librivox

# 01 – The Quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon

# 02 – Agammemnon’s Dream

# 03 – Paris Challenges Menelaus

# 04 – A Quarrel in Olympus

# 05 – The exploits of Diomed

Hector and Andromache by A. Losenko, public domain image

# 06 – Hector and Andromache

# 07 – Hector and Ajax Fight

# 08 – The Victory of the Trojans

# 09 – The Embassy to Achilles

# 10 – Ulysses and Diomed go out as Spies

# 11 – Agamemnon’s Day of Glory

# 12 – The Trojans Break the Wall

Helen on the ramparts of Troy by Gustave Moreau, public domain image

# 13 – Neptune helps the Achaeans

# 14 – Agamemnon Proposes that the Achaeans Should Sail Home

# 15 – Apollo Heals Hector

# 16 – Patroclus fights in the armor of Achilles

# 17 – The Light around the Body of Patroclus

# 18 – The Shield of Achilles

# 19 – Achilles Goes Out to Fight

# 20 – Achilles fights Aeneas

# 21 – Achilles Drives the Trojans Back

Priam by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov

# 22 – The death of Hector

# 23 – The Funeral Games of Patroclus

# 24 – Priam Ransoms Hector’s Body

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Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch

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Odysseus sees Polyphemus by Joseph Mallord William Turner

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Running time: 14 hours, 54 minutes
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Orpheus Lamenting Eurydice, by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Orpheus Lamenting Eurydice, by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Summary from Librivox: Bulfinch’s Mythology, first published in 1855, is one of the most popular collections of mythology of all time. It consists of three volumes: The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry, and Legends of Charlemagne. This is a recording of the tenth edition of the first volume, The Age of Fable. It contains many Greek and Roman myths, including simplified versions of The Iliad and The Odyssey, as well as a selection of Norse and eastern myths. Thomas Bulfinch’s goal was to make the ancient myths accessible to a wide audience, and so it is suitable for children. (Summary by Kathleen Gatliffe for Librivox)

This book is often used as a high school text.  Although the Wikimedia summary says it is appropriate for children,  you might consider one of our other mythology titles to be more interesting for younger children.

Apollo and Aurora by Lairesse

Stories of Gods and Heroes

The Age of Fable: Publishers and Authors Prefaces

The Age of Fable: Chapter 1, Introduction

Chapter 2, Prometheus and Pandora

Chapter 3, Apollo and Daphne–Pyramus and Thisbe–Cephalus and Procris

Chapter 4, Juno and her Rivals, Io and Callisto–Diana and Actaeon–Latona and the Rustics

Chapter 5, Phaeton

Chapter 6, Midas–Baucis and Philemon

King Midas with his daughter, from A Wonder Book for Boys and Girls by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Chapter 7, Proserpine–Glaucus and Scylla

Chapter 8, Pygmalion–Dryope–Venus and Adonis–Apollo and Hyacinthus

Chapter 9, Ceyx and Halcyone

Chapter 10, Vertumnus and Pomon–Iphis and Anaxarete

Chapter 11, Cupid and Psyche

Chapter 12, Cadmus–The Mermidons

Chapter 13, Nisus and Scylla–Echo and Narcissus–Clytie–Hero and Leander

Chapter 14, Minerva and Arachne–Niobe

Chapter 15, Graeae and Gorgons–Perseus and Medusa–Atlas–Andromeda

Chapter 16, Monsters and Giants–Sphinx–Pegasus and Chimaera–Centaurs–Griffin–Pygmies

Chapter 17, The Golden Fleece–Medea

Chapter 18, Meleager and Atalanta

Chapter 19, Hercules–Hebe and Ganymede

Chapter 20, Theseus and Daedalus–Castor and Pollux–Festivals and Games

Chapter 21, Bacchus and Ariadne

Chapter 22, The Rural Deities–The Dryads and Erisichthon–Rhoecus–Water Deities–Camenae–Winds

John William Waterhouse, Penelope and the Suitors (1912)

Chapter 23, Achelous and Hercules–Admetus and Alcestis–Antigone–Penelope

Chapter 24, Orpheus and Eurydice–Aristaeus–Amphion–Linus–Thamyris–Marsyas–Melampus–Musaeus

Chapter 25, Arion–Ibycus–Simonides–Sappho

Chapter 26, Endymion–Orion–Aurora and Tithonus–Acis and Galatea

The Burning of Troy by Johann Georg Trautmann

Chapter 27, The Trojan War

Chapter 28, The Fall of Troy–Return of the Greeks–Orestesa nd Electra

Ulysses and the Sirens by John William Waterhouse

Chapter 29, Adventures of Ulysses–The Lotus-eaters–The Cyclopes–Circe–Sirens–Scylla and Charybdis–Calypso

Chapter 30, The Phaeacians–Fate of the Suitors

The Flight of Aeneas from  Troy, fresco painting by Girolamo Genga, 1507-1510

Chapter 31, Adventures of Aeneas–The Harpies–Dido–Palinurus

Chapter 32, The Infernal Regions–The Sibyl

Chapter 33, Aeneas in Italy–Camilla–Evander–Nisus and Euryalus–Mezentius–Turnus

Bulfinch Egypt dauingevekten, image released to public domain by the copyright holder

Chapter 34, Pythagoras–Egyptian Deities–Oracles

Chapter 35, Origin of Mythology–Statues of Gods and Goddesses–Poets of Mythology

Domenichino, Virgin and Unicorn, fresco, 1604-1605

Chapter 36, Monsters (modern)–The Phoenix–Basilisk–Unicorn–Salamander

Chapter 37, Eastern Mythology–Zoroaster–Hindu Mythology–Castes–Buddha–The Grand Lama–Prester John

Valkyrie by Peter Nicolai Arbo

Chapter 38, Northern Mythology–Valhalla–The Valkyrior

Chapter 39, Thor’s Visit to Jotunheim

Chapter 40, The Death of Baldur–The Elves–Runic Letters–Skalds–Iceland–Teutonic Mythology–The Nibelunger Lied–Wagner’s Nibelungen Ring

Chapter 41, The Druids–Iona

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The Fall of Troy

Trojan Horse by Lovis Corinth

This radio drama is a fun introduction to the Fall of Troy.

You are There: The Fall of Troy

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The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Samuel Butler

Ulysses and the Sirens by John William Waterhouse

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Odysseus in the cave of Polyphemus by Jordaens

Odysseus in the cave of Polyphemus by Jordaens

The Odyssey: Book 01

The Odyssey: Book 02

The Odyssey: Book 03

The Odyssey: Book 04

The Odyssey: Book 05

Odysseus derides Polyphemous by Turner

Odysseus derides Polyphemous by Turner

The Odyssey: Book 06

The Odyssey: Book 07

The Odyssey: Book 08

The Odyssey: Book 09

The Odyssey: Book 10

Odysseus and Nausicaa by V. Serov

The Odyssey: Book 11

The Odyssey: Book 12

The Odyssey: Book 13

The Odyssey: Book 14

The Odyssey: Book 15

The Odyssey: Book 16

The Odyssey: Book 17

The Odyssey: Book 18

The Odyssey: Book 19

Odysseus returns Chryseis to her Father by Claude Lorrain

Odysseus returns Chryseis to her Father by Claude Lorrain

The Odyssey: Book 20

The Odyssey: Book 21

The Odyssey: Book 22

The Odyssey: Book 23

The Odyssey: Book 24

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The Adventures of Ulysses by Charles Lamb

Ulysses and the Sirens by John William Waterhouse

Lamb used Homer’s Odyssey as the basis for the re-telling of the story of Ulysses’s journey back from Troy to his own kingdom of Ithaca. Not a direct translation and deemed modern in its time, Lamb states in the preface that, “I have gained a rapidity to the narration which I hope will make it more attractive and give it more the air of a romance to young readers”. (Summary by Rebecca for Librivox)

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Odysseus derides Polyphemous by Turner

00 Preface

01 The Cicons. The Fruit of the Lotus-tree. Polyphemus and the Cyclops. The Kingdom of the Winds, and God Aeolus’s Fatal Present. The Laestrygonian Man-eaters.

02 The House of Circe. Men changed into Beasts. The Voyage to Hell. The Banquet of the Dead.

03 The Song of the Sirens. Scylla and Charybdis. The Oxen of the Sun. The Judgment. The Crew Killed by Lightning.

04 The Island of Calypso. Immortality Refused.

05 The Tempest. The Sea-bird’s Gift. The Escape by Swimming. The Sleep in the Woods.

Odysseus and Nausicaa by V. Serov

06 The Princess Nausicaa. The Washing. The Game with the Ball. The Court of Phaeacia and King Alcinous.

07 The Songs of Demodocus. The Convoy Home. The Manners. Transformed to Stone. The Young Shepherd.

08 The Change from a King to a Beggar. Eumaeus and the Herdsmen. Telemachus.

09 The Queen’s Suitors. The Battle of the Beggars. The Armour Taken Down. The Meeting with Penelope.

10 The Madness from Above. The Bow of Ulysses. The Slaughter. The Conclusion.

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The Iliad for Boys and Girls by Alfred J. Church

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Of How the War with Troy Began

The Quarrel

What Thetis Did for Her Son

The Duel of Paris and Menelaus


Aphrodite turns Paris against Menelaos by Cornelius
How the Oath Was Broken

The Great Deeds of Diomed

Concerning Other Valiant Deeds

Of Glaucus and Diomed

Hector and Andromache

How Hector and Ajax Fought

The Battle on the Plain

The Repentance of Agamemnon

Agamemnon rises against Achilles and Menelaus
The Embassy to Achilles

The Story of Old Phoenix

The Adventure of Diomed and Ulysses

The Wounding of the Chiefs

The Battle at the Wall

The Battle at the Ships

The Deeds and Death of Patroclus
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The Rousing of Achilles

The Making of the Arms

The Quarrel Ended

The Battle at the River

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The Slaying of Hector

The Ransoming of Hector & The End of Troy

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Oedipus Rex (Storr Translation) by Sophocles

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Oedipus the King (often known by the Latin title Oedipus Rex) is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed c. 429 BC. It was the second of Sophocles’s three Theban plays to be produced, but it comes first in the internal chronology, followed by Oedipus at Colonus and then Antigone. Over the centuries, it has come to be regarded by many as the Greek tragedy par excellence. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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