Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

Series Editor:

Routledge is pleased to present an exciting series, Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World. These figures from antiquity are embedded in our culture, many functioning as the source of creative inspiration for poets, novelists, artists, composers and filmmakers. Concerned with their multifaceted aspects within the world of ancient paganism and how and why these figures continue to fascinate, the books provide a route into understanding Greek and Roman polytheism in the 21st century.

These concise and comprehensive guides provide a thorough understanding of each figure, offering the latest in critical research from the leading scholars in the field in an accessible and approachable form, making them ideal for undergraduates in Classics and related disciplines.

Each volume includes illustrations, time charts, family trees and maps where appropriate.

Forthcoming titles:

Hermes by Arlene Allan

Demeter and Persephone by Nuno Rodrigues

Gilgamesh by Louise Pryke

Odysseus by Chris Mackie

Theseus by H. Alan Shapiro

Hephaistos by Luisa Nazare Ferreira


The amount of information compactly and clearly conveyed is exceptional….these exceedingly useful volumes spur questions that go beyond the confines of their topics." (Robert A. Segal, University of Aberdeen)

"Uniformly excellent… The amount of information compactly conveyed is exceptional’’ (Times Higher Education)

"Deacy is to be credited with developing the concept and format for an engaging and informative series." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

  • Achilles book cover


    By Marta González González

    Achilles is the quintessential Greek hero, but that does not mean that he is a conventional hero. His uniqueness is dictated by his birth, as the son of a sea goddess, and his education at the hands of a centaur. The hero’s exceptional nature also forms part of the tension that both unites and…

    Hardback – 2017-12-21 
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Ishtar book cover


    By Louise M. Pryke

    Ishtar is the first book dedicated to providing an accessible analysis of the mythology and image of this complex goddess. The polarity of her nature is reflected in her role as goddess of sexual love and war, and has made her difficult to characterise in modern scholarship. By exploring this…

    Hardback – 2017-06-16
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Artemis book cover


    By Stephanie Lynn Budin

    Artemis is a literary, iconographic, and archaeological study of the ancient Greek goddess of the hunt, who presided over the transitions and mediations between the wild and the civilized, youth and maturity, life and death. Beginning with a study of the early origins of Artemis and her cult in the…

    Hardback – 2015-07-02
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Herakles book cover


    By Emma Stafford

    There is more material available on Herakles than any other Greek god or hero. His story has many more episodes than those of other heroes, concerning his life and death as well as his battles with myriad monsters and other opponents. In literature, he appears in our earliest Greek epic…

    Paperback – 2011-11-28
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Aphrodite book cover


    By Monica S. Cyrino

    Aphrodite explores the many myths and meanings of the Greek goddess of love, sex and beauty. One of the most widely worshipped and popular deities in Greek antiquity, Aphrodite emerges from the imaginations of the ancient Greek writers and artists as a multifaceted, powerful and charismatic figure.…

    Paperback – 2010-03-29
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Apollo book cover


    By Fritz Graf

    Fritz Graf here presents a survey of a god once thought of as the most powerful of gods, and capable of great wrath should he be crossed: Apollo the sun god. From his first attestations in Homer, through the complex question of pre-Homeric Apollo, to the opposition between Apollo and Dionysos in…

    Paperback – 2008-10-16
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Athena book cover


    By Susan Deacy

    In this definitive assessment of the various representations and approaches to Athena, Susan Deacy does what no other has done before and brings all the aspects of this legendary figure into one, outstanding study. A survey of one of the most enduringly popular of ancient deities, the book&…

    Paperback – 2008-02-08
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Perseus book cover


    By Daniel Ogden

    The son of Zeus, Perseus belongs in the first rank of Greek heroes. Indeed to some he was a greater hero even than Heracles. With the help of Hermes and Athena he slew the Gorgon Medusa, conquered a mighty sea monster and won the hand of the beautiful princess Andromeda. This volume tells of his…

    Paperback – 2008-02-08
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Oedipus book cover


    By Lowell Edmunds

    An indispensable guide to the myth of Oedipus this book is the first to analyze its long and varied history from ancient times to the modern day, and presented with an authoritative survey that considers Oedipus in art and music as well as in literature. Lowell Edmunds accepts this variation as…

    Paperback – 2006-10-11
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Dionysos book cover


    By Richard Seaford

    Covering a wide range of issues which have been overlooked in the past, including mystery, cult and philosophy, Richard Seaford explores Dionysos – one of the most studied figures of the ancient Greek gods. Popularly known as the god of wine and frenzied abandon, and an influential figure for…

    Paperback – 2006-06-30
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Prometheus book cover


    By Carol Dougherty

    With no recent publications discussing Prometheus at length, this book provides a much-needed introduction to the Promethean myth of this rebellious god who defied Zeus to steal fire for mankind. Seeking to locate the nature of this compelling tale’s continuing relevance throughout history, Carol…

    Paperback – 2005-12-13
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Medea book cover


    By Emma Griffiths

    Giving access to the latest critical thinking on the subject, Medea is a comprehensive guide to sources that paints a vivid portrait of the Greek sorceress Medea, famed in myth for the murder of her children after she is banished from her own home and replaced by a new wife. Emma Griffiths brings…

    Paperback – 2005-12-13
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Zeus book cover


    By Ken Dowden

    The first book to capture a complete picture of the most important of Greek gods in one reliable volume for almost seventy years, this masterly and comprehensive study brings a new-millennium examination of the fascinating god Zeus. Broad in scope, the book looks at myth, art, cult,…

    Paperback – 2005-12-09
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World