Mythology

A large chunk of ancient literature is Mythology, or “other people’s religion,” according to Joseph Campbell. While most of these religions are no longer practiced, some still are, and they need to be handled with the same respect you would want others to give to your religion. Given the challenge of giving proper respect to the beliefs of others, some families may wish to wait until they feel like their children have a solid foundation in their own religion (approximately age 15). That said, it is still considered necessary to study mythology as it has played a significant role in the development of modern world culture and is necessary for a college-prep education. Given all of this, it is important for you, as the parent, to consider carefully how and when you choose to expose your children to Mythology.

Tanakh/Early Ancient

Picture Books
A Story A Story by Gail Haley
Lugalbanda by Kathy Henderson
The Gilgamesh Trilogy: Gilgamesh the King by Ludmila Zeman
The Gilgamesh Trilogy: The Revenge of Ishtar by Ludmila Zeman
The Gilgamesh Trilogy: The Last Quest of Gilgamesh by Ludmila Zeman
Egyptian Myths by Jacqueline Morley
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse stories
Ramayana: Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel

Chapter Books
Mythology by Edith Hamilton
Gilgamesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean
Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Green
Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of ‘The Iliad’ by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey by R. Sutcliff
West African Folk-Tales (Yesterday’s Classics) by W.H. Barker
Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling by Arshia Sattar
Treasury of Chinese Folk Tales by Shelly Fu

Original Sources
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
Myths from Mesopotamia translated by Stephanie Dalley
The Egyptian Book of the Dead translated by E.A. Wallis Budge
The Iliad translated by Robert Fagles
The Odyssey translated by E.V. Rieu
Greek Tragedies 1 translated by David Grene
Ramayana translated by Arshia Sattar
Note: There are no original sources available for African and Chinese Mythology as our knowledge of them is based solely on later recordings of oral tradition; therefore, there are no recommendations of these for this level.

Talmud/Late Ancient

Picture Books
The Storyteller by Evan Turk
Roman Mythology by Evelyn Wolfson
The Ballad of Mulan by Song Nan Zhang
Heroes, Gods and Monsters of Celtic Mythology by Fiona Macdonald
 
Chapter Books
The Age of Fable by Thomas Bullfinch
In Search of a Homeland by Penelope Lively
Shapeshifters by Adrian Mitchell*
The White Stag by Kate Seredy
Mulan: The Legend of the Woman Warrior translated by Faye-Lynn Wu
Tales from the Mabinogion by Gwyn Thomas
Celtic Mythology by Philip Freeman*
 
Original Sources
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
The Aeneid translated by Robert Fagles
Metamorphoses translated by A.D. Melville*
Mulan translated by Shiamin Kwa and Wilt L. Idema
The Mabinogion translated by Sioned Davies*
Ancient Irish Tales by Tom Peete Cross*
Note: There are no original sources available for Hungarian mythology as our knowledge of them is based solely on later recordings of oral tradition; therefore, there are no recommendations for this level.
*These books are still being reviewed. Parental guidance is advised at this time.