Author’s Foreword (and defense for writing the book) After many years of enjoying mythology, and teaching it in high school too, I noticed that any time that I want to remind myself of the details of a particular myth, in order to round out the picture, I consult many sources. While the details of the different accounts are fascinating, I am not overly fond of the stark style of some oral traditions that have been recorded for posterity. And while I probably love poetry as much as the next person, I sometimes prefer prose for a good story. I very much enjoy the efforts of authors who use the original mythology as a springboard for their own creativity, and am an avid reader of their works, but those are a wonderful, new creations not old myths. In this experiment I will try to tell the myths of the oral tradition, and also to fill in the chinks between the facts, in the prose style of modern authors, like those who write literature derivative of mythology. In these stories I include all the information I culled that can comfortably fit within one plot. Of course, there are the divergent and equally valid forms of many myths. If there is an especially accepted or interesting version that won’t mesh with the line I am following, I often include it in an aside manner. I have put these words to page as much to collect my own thoughts, and keep them straight in my classroom, as for any other purpose. Please forgive the author for oversights or poor form when they are noticed. For the best information please consult the oracles to which, not only do I offer thanks, but to which we are all indebted: Hesiod, Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Ovid, Virgil, Euripides, Apollodorus, the list goes on.
Repeated Conventions “Once upon a time in Greek mythology…” “But that is a story for another chapter...” boldface words in the text are the title of the 'other' chapter.