For the real lowdown on Greek mythology, Robert Graves’ The Greek Myths is an Imaginalia favorite. Don’t let the updated comic book cover fool you — this is Graves’ original book, including not only the content of the myths themselves, but Graves’ cultural and historical analyses, as well.
More than a recounting of the myths, this unique resource creates a doorway into the worlds of myth, giving readers a sense of the archetypal forces moving beyond and through these tales, enabling us to see how these forms appear and reappear across stories, locales and eras:
One-eyed Polyphemus, who sometimes has a witch-mother, occurs in folk-tale throughout Europe, and can be traced back to the Caucasus …(The Greek Myths, p. 728)
Circe means ‘falcon,’ and she had a cemetery in Colchis, planted with willows and sacred to Hecate. The men transformed into beasts suggest the doctrine of metempsychosis, but the pig is particular sacred to the Death-goddess …(The Greek Myths, p. 729)
The description of Scylla’s yelp is of greater mythological importance than it first appears: it identifies her with … the Spectral Pack … of British legend, which pursue the souls of the damned …(The Greek Myths, p. 730)
For those who have wanted to see deeper into the stories of ancient Greece, Graves’ The Greek Myths is not to be missed.