From prehistory to the present, mythology has played an essential role in how humans interact with and understand the world around them. Explore a world of gods, monsters, and heroes through these legends.
Ovid, translated by Anthony S. Kline
Pygmalion is a scupltor who falls in love with a woman he carved from stone.
Echo and Narcissus
Ovid, translated by Brookes More
The classic tale of Narcissus, who falls in love with his own reflection in the water.
The Transformation of Arachne into a Spider
Arachne, a skilled weaver, offends the goddess Athena by her lack of humility and suffers the consequences.
The Myth of Daedalus and Icarus
In this classic myth, Daedalus attempts to escape imprisonment on the island of Crete by crafting a pair of wax wings for himself and his son, Icarus.
King Midas, “gifted” with the power to turn everything he touches into gold, learns to be careful what he wishes for.
The Golden Touch
Hawthorne retells the myth of King Midas, whose lust for gold deprives him of what he most cherishes.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
One of the earliest examples of American fiction with enduring popularity (especially during the Halloween season), this short story about Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman deals with themes of love, fear, gluttony, and truth.
The Story of Prometheus and Pandora's Box
A retelling of the classic tales of Prometheus and Pandora’s Box, changing the traditionally erudite and lofty tone of myth to one more relatable and down-to-earth.
Icarus and Daedalus
Josephine Preston Peabody
The classic myth in which Icarus ignores his father’s warning and flies too close to the sun, resulting in a tragic end.
Athena and Poseidon’s Contest for Athens
This text features an intro to the genre of Greek mythology and a story about how the city of Athens got its name.
Theseus and the Minotaur
A brave young Athenian prince vows to take on a monster who has been terrorizing the people of his city for years.
Ancient Greece: The Birthplace of Western Individualism
This article explores the culture of the ancient Greeks through the lens of their beliefs in gods and goddesses, and its influence on Western culture.
The Legend of Oedipus
The legend of Oedipus is a telling myth about the perils of testing fate.
Tristan and Isolde
Lady Jane Wilde
A knight and a princess fall in love, but at the cost of betraying their king.
This informational text discusses the process that deceased Egyptian nobles went through to be prepared for the afterlife.
Jupiter and His Mighty Company End the Golden Age
This myth is an account of the classic story of the battle between Jupiter, Saturn, and the Titans, retold in accessible language.