The 8 Best Ancient Greek Mythologies Like 'Circe'

The 8 Best Ancient Greek Mythologies Like 'Circe' ...

Mythological retellings have become popular in recent years. This small sub-genre of historical fiction combines the elements that make up our society and adapts them for later times. The effect of these stories is felt just as strongly today as it was back in the ancient world.

Ancient Greek mythology is a treasure trove of mythological figures, legends, and tragedies. Stories of well-known figures like Zeus and Hercules are repeated time and time again. But what about the lesser-known figures, namely the women (and men) who suffered the consequences of godly and heroic actions?

'Circe' by Madeline Miller

Circe was regarded as a sorcery goddess to some people. To others, she was a mere witch to steer clear ofespecially if you were a manafter being cast out for her witchcraft by her father, the sun God Helios. Seafaring men with unsavory intentions would stop at her island and become pigs. One of these men was Odysseus, whom Circe fell in love with.

Madeline Millers Circe reintroduces the sorceress into myth and weaves together a rich tale told entirely from Circe's point of view. From her father's court beating to her mostly solitary life on Aeaea, Circe is a tale of female power, strength, and magic.

'Ariadne' by Jennifer Saint

Ariadne is primarily known as the wife of wine God Dionysus or the daughter of King Minos of Crete, who assisted the hero Theseus in defeating the Minotaur in the Minotaur in the myth. After she was abandoned on the island of Naxos by Theseus, Dionysus fell in love with her and made her his wife. Ariadne was Dionysus' right hand, leading the Maenads and Satyr

Jennifer Saints Ariadnedoes is very much the same as Circe in taking a lesser-known female figure of mythology and giving her a voice. Ariadnes story is about family politics, love after heartbreak, and staking your claim in a man's world.

'The Silence of The Girls' by Pat Barker

Pat Barkers The Silence Of The Girls is not your typical Trojan War story. It is told entirely from the perspective of Achilles' mistress Briseis, who was given to Achilles as a war award following the sacking of Trojan-aligned city Lyrnessus. So much so that when Achilles forcibly took Briseis as a concubine, Achilles refused to sacrifice his life for the trio.

The narrative of the women of the battlefield in Pat Barkers' novel is not only a voice for Briseis, but also a reflection on the battle's women. While the men fight, the women take care of the wounded and dying, and ensure that the camp runs smoothly. Their interactions demonstrate the true power of female solidarity.

'The Song of Achilles' by Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles is a story about Achilles' long-time companion Patroclus, who accompanied Achilles to the Trojan battlefield and supported him. In myth, Patroclus is best known for wearing Achilles' armor when he refused to fight and accidentally killing Hector. Achilles is deeply sorry and vows to mix Patroclus' ashes with his when he is killed by Paris.

Patroclus, who develops feelings for Achilles, is told completely from the point of view of Patroclus. In myth, it is only assumed that the pair are more than friends, but the novel casts the story in a very clear romantic light. As in myth, the pair have their ashes mixed together and are reunited in the afterlife with the approval of Thetis.

'The Children of Jocasta' by Natalie Haynes

Oedipus was the man who killed his father and married his mother, according to Freudian theory. Jocasta was the Queen of Thebes who was married to King Laius. The King gave the child boy away when Jocasta delivered the child, thus fulfilling the prophecy. Oedipus lost his hearing and married his mother without knowing it.

Natalie Hayness The Children of Jocasta chronicles Jocastas journey from her perspective, including the agony and agony of marrying the much older King, then her sorrowful discovery of her new husband's true identity.

'Elektra' by Jennifer Saint

Elektra, Jennifer Saints second novel, depicts three women who are affected by the Trojan War. Helen is known as Agamemnon's wife and their vengeful daughter. Clytemnestra is famous as a princess of Troy and sister to Paris and Hector. Together they plot to murder Agamemnon, and they succeed. Cassandra, who Agamemnon has taken as a war reward, is cursed by Apollo to see the future.

The novel takes this tense tale of feuding families, war, and murder and portrays it from the viewpoint of the women involved, showing how they deal with the things that haunt themClytemnestras grief and vengeance, Cassandras curse disguised as a gift, and Elektras hatred for her mother.

'The Penelopiad' by Margaret Atwood

The Penelopiad, an unconventional play on The Illiad, is a tale about Odysseus' wife, Penelope, who waited twenty years for Odysseus to return from the Trojan War. Penelope ruled his kingdom of Ithaca in his absence and rejected several suitors who believed Odysseus would never return. Penelope would undo the shroud every night, believing it would never be completed.

Margaret Atwood tells Penelope's life as a living creature in 21st century Hades. She reveals her life in Sparta before marrying Odysseus, his absence, and the aftermath of his return. She wits Penelope to put the record straight about her life, including the myth that she gave birth to the god Pan after an affair with Hermes.

'A Touch Of Darkness' by Scarlett St. Clair

A Touch Of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair adapts the Hades-Persephone myth. Persephone was the daughter of Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, and she was immediately enamored with her. Demeter sends Persephone to the Underworld, where she eats a pomegranate seed, triggering the seasons.

Persephone is a journalist who wishes to live a human existence despite her goddess status in New Athens. Hades is still the Lord of the Underworld, but he's also a sexy nightclub owner and philanthropist.