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!

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

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)

By other authors: Ancient Greek Myths

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)

By other authors: Ancient China Myths & Stories

Ancient Mesopotamia

The Legend of Gilgamesh (word)

Gilgamesh - The First Superhero (ppt)

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

By other authors: Myths from Mesopotamia

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)

By other authors: Ancient Roman Myths

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

By other authors: Ancient Egyptian Myths


Place of the Prickly Pear Cactus

Journey of a Princess

By other authors: Aztec Myths


The Adventures of the Hero Twins (ppt)

By other authors: Myths from the Mayas


Manco Capac

Llama Legends

By other authors: Inca Myths


Anansi the Spider

The Lion's Whisker

By other authors: Stories from Africa

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)

More Folktales, Legends, and Ancient Stories

See Also:

Gods, Goddesses, and Mythical Creatures in Ancient Times

Viking Myths and Legends

Iron Age Celts Myths and Stories

Ancient India Stories



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