7 Books With Inclusive and Empowering Retellings of Ancient Greek Mythology

Other than Atalanta, it’s rare to see a female character in a hero’s role in Greek Mythology.

These retellings of ancient Greek mythology try to bridge the gap by shifting the spotlight to characters we rarely hear from in the myths.

This puts us in Briseis’ head, Achilles' prize, fleshing out the cold, transactional views of the men regarding women into the raw brutality that it really is.

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Ariadne is one of the few heroines to play an active role throughout her story. Jennifer Saint gives her more control over her tale.

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

The play follows all three women — Elektra, Clytemnestra, and Cassandra — as they grapple with the effects of the Trojan war.

Elektra by Jennifer Saint

Pandora’s Jar retells some of Greek mythology’s most impactful stories in a way that gives equal airtime to their key female characters.

Pandora’s Jar by Natalie Haynes

Euripides shows Medea at her the worst of her mental states but still makes it clear how smart she is.

Medea By Euripides

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