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The Ancient Greek Myths Retold

‘Gods and Mortals’ by Sarah Iles Johnston, ‘Arcadian Days’ by John Spurling and ‘Greek Myths’ by Charlotte Higgins.

Whatever the ferment of contemporary literary culture, the myths and legends of ancient Greece continue to be a rich source of story and reference. In our censorious era, there is something wonderfully unkillable about the old gods and heroes.

If anything, our attachment to the Greeks is becoming more intense, judging from the appearance of a tranche of fine new (and new-ish) retellings of old, old stories.

This rewriting business is almost as old a tale as those of Orpheus and Eurydice, Echo and Narcissus, and the…

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