Ancient Greek and Roman Myths

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8269416347_b919d7eb35_mThe Ancient Greek Myths are always favourite stories in primary school and there are many renderings of them on the web, the ones listed here are written for children. Several have audio files added for download too.

Ancient Greek Myths – This KS2 literacy sites offers useful teacher information on planning how to use Greek myths in a topic.

Some Great Greek Myths – This Mr Donn site gives a collection of Greek Myths written specifically for children learners to read.

  • Zeus, Hera, and Little Io
  • The Competition, Athena and Poseidon
  • Theseus and the Minotaur
  • Dionysus and Ariadne
  • Hades, Zeus, and the King of Corinth
  • Icarus and Daedalus, Wings
  • Baby Hercules &
  • The 12 Labours of Hercules
  • Demeter and Persephone, Reason for the Seasons
  • Hermes & Apollo (powerpoint)
  • Apollo’s Oracle at Delphi
  • Apollo and Cassandra
  • The Magic Rocks – an Ares myth
  • Perseus, Andromeda, and the sea god, Poseidon
  • Orpheus and Eurydice
  • Eros & Psyche
  • Aphrodite and the Trojan War
  • Zeus and Prometheus and the Gift of Fire
  • Zeus, Pandora, and Pandora’s Box
  • Zeus and the Great Flood (Deucalion & Pyrrha)
  • Zeus, Helios & Phaethon
  • Three Tales of Echo – Hera, Narcissus, and Pan
  • King Midas and the Golden Touch
  • King Midas and the Donkey Ears
  • Story of the Just Plain Rotten King Tantalus
  • Hades and the River Styx
  • Greek Monster Myths
  • Perseus and Medusa
  • The Cyclops Cave & The Sirens
  • Greek Myth Games (interactive)
  • The Truth About Myths
  • Greek Myths from Starfall
  • Greek Gods Family Tree
  • The Twelve Olympians
  • The Greek Storytellers

Storynory  – offers another collection of Greek Myths written for children. There are audio files with each one as well as the text transcript.  There are more than listed below, but some of them may not be suitable to use in primary school; do please read them through before using them.

  • Andromeda and Perseus, told in modern language in the first person as Andromeda.
  • Jason and Medea – in four parts
  • Orpheus – as a poem
  • The Labours of Heracles
  • The Trojan Horse

Heroes at Mythweb – to learn more about the heroes of the Greek myths.

Primary Homework Help has several Greek Myths written for school pupils:

  • Pandora’s Box
  • Narcissus
  • The story of a young Greek boy who fell in love with his own reflection.
  • Theseus and the Minotaur
  • The Labours of Herakles
  • King Midas
  • The Trojan Horse
  • Perseus and Medusa
  • Orpheus and Eurydice
  • Daedalus and Iccarus
  • The Story of the Odyssey
  • Odyssey 2: Aeolus
  • Odyssey 3: Circe
  • Odyssey 4: The Sirens
  • Odyssey 5: The Sun God’s Cattle
  • Odyssey 6: The Return
  • Jason and the Golden Fleece 1
  • Jason and the Golden Fleece 2
  • The Pomegranate Seeds

BBC Schools Radio – has a lot worth listening to (below) as well:

  • Persephone and Hades
  • Orpheus and Eurydice
  • Theseus and the Minotaur
  • King Midas and the golden touch
  • Perseus and the Gorgon Medusa
  • Odysseus and the Trojan Horse
  • Odysseus and the Cyclops
  • Odysseus and Penelope

Winged Sandals – has more animated myths:

  • Perseus and Medusa
  • Orpheus and the Underworld
  • Demeter and Persephone
  • Apollo and his Oracle

Wart Games – has collected lots of games based on the Greek Myths on its site; games like ‘Designing a Greek Pot’ may be useful. There are lots of teaching craft ideas and a crossword at that site also.

Roman Myths

The Mr Donn site has a list of Roman Myths written especially for children; the site opens with:

“The Romans, as they grew and conquered other lands, adopted those things from other cultures that they liked.  They even adopted other peoples’ gods.  When the Romans met the Greeks and heard all the stories about the Greek gods, they adopted all the Greek gods. They changed the names of the gods to make them Roman and changed some of the stories to make the gods act more like Romans.  Soon they even were able to act like these had been Roman gods all along.”(Mr Donn)

It is perhaps understandable that so many of the same stories were presented relating to different gods!

Encyclopaedia Mythica – Romans – this site is useful for teachers needing to look up any names spotted in Roman Myths, it reveals the identity of the gods and characters.

Teaching Times website – there are some teacher plans and resources at this useful site.