Why did ancient people make up myths? Myths are stories that reflect the culture and beliefs of a society and explain natural phenomena by using powerful gods and magical creatures. People in ancient times loved to hear stories of adventure and trickery, just as we do today!

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Ancient Myths for Kids retold by Lin Donn

Ancient Greece

Theseus and the Minotaur (word)

Theseus and the Minotaur (ppt)

Hermes and Apollo (ppt)

Dionysus & Ariadne

LZues, Hera, and Little Io

The Oracle at Delphi

Hades, Cerberus, and the Underworld

Hades and the King of Corinth

Apollo and Cassandra

Demeter and Persephone

Baby Hercules & The 12 Labors of Hercules

The Charming Story of Eros & Psyche

King Midas and the Golden Touch

King Midas and the Donkey Ears

Story of the Just Plain Rotten King Tantalus

Echo & Hera

Echo & Narcissus

Echo & Pan

The Sun Chariot

Perseus, Andromeda, and the sea god, Poseidon

Icarus and Daedalus, Wings

The Gift of Fire - Zeus & Prometheus

Pandora's Box

Zeus and the Great Flood

How Aphrodite Caused the Trojan War

The Magic Rocks - a myth about Ares

Legend of the Trojan Horse

The Cyclops Cave & The Sirens
(Greek, from "The Odyssey" by Homer)

Aesop and His Fables (ppt)

Fox and Crow (ppt)

Fox and Sick Lion (ppt)

Although the ancient Greek storytellers were quite inventive, and each told a myth in their own way, each god's personality and powers remained the same from story to story. Some Greek myths were told thousands of years ago, but some - like the Case Files from the Hercules Detective Agency - were written down quite recently by storytellers Lin and Don Donn.

By Lin & Don Donn:  Case Files from The Hercules Detective Agency

The Hercules Detective Agency Case File: How It All Started

The Hercules Detective Agency Case File: The Misunderstood Minotaur

The Hercules Detective Agency Case File: The Enchanted Well

The Hercules Detective Agency Case File: The Missing Olive Trees

The Hercules Detective Agency Case File: Kerberos on Strike

The Hercules Detective Agency Case File: The Very Inventive Rescue

The Hercules Detective Agency Case File: The Scaredly Fish

The Hercules Detective Agency Case File: The Tricked Bully

The Hercules Detective Agency Case File: The Stone Zoo

The Hercules Detective Agency Case File: The Reluctant Oracle

The Hercules Detective Agency Case File: Olympic Team Herc

The Hercules Detective Agency Case File: The Bad Barber

The Hercules Detective Agency Case File: The Talking Tools

The Hercules Detective Agency Case File: The Mad Machine

The Hercules Detective Agency Case File: The Constant Chatterbox

The Hercules Detective Agency Case File: The Voiceless Storyteller

Ancient China

Loawnu the Wise Woman

Wang the Peddler

The Legend of the Shadow Puppet

The Real Story of Mulan (ppt)

Ancient Chinese Dragons (ppt)

The Story of the Warrior Well (ppt)

Ancient Mesopotamia

The Legend of Gilgamesh (word)

Gilgamesh - The First Superhero (ppt)

How Marduk Became the King of ALL the Gods (word, Babylonian)

Ancient Rome

The Legend of Romulus and Remus

Horatius at the Bridge

The Punic Wars & Hannibal of Carthage

Little Io (Roman Version)

Nero at the Circus Maximus (ppt)

Nero Goes Insane (ppt)

Ancient Egypt

The Story of Rameses II (ppt)

The Red Slippers - an Ancient Egyptian Cinderella story

Freedom of Speech - Poor Soldier

Creation Stories

Isis and Osiris

Aztec

Place of the Prickly Pear Cactus

Journey of a Princess

Maya

The Adventures of the Hero Twins (ppt)

Inca

Manco Capac

Llama Legends

Africa

Anansi the Spider

The Lion's Whisker

Native American

Wise Owl (word)

Wise Owl (ppt)

How Raven Stole Crow's Potlatch (word)

How Raven Stole Crow's Potlatch (ppt)

Clever Coyote (word)

Clever Coyote (ppt)

Child of Water and Little Blue Rock (word)

Child of Water & Little Blue Rock (ppt)

The Invisible Warrior (ppt)

Ancient Folktales

The Warrior Well (word)

The Warrior Well (ppt, China, Mongolia)

Happy Together (word)

Happy Together (pptx)

 

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