From Ancient India to Ancient Greece

Great Myths of the World

Selected and Retold by Padraic Colum

Identical to Myths of the World, but in an older typesetting.


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As a tour of the world's great civilizations and the myths that give voice to their cultures, Padraic Colum's stands out as being not only sweeping in scope but beautiful in voice.As a tour of the world's great civilizations and the myths that give voice to their cultures, Padraic Colum's stands out as being not only sweeping in scope but beautiful in voice. Colum has selected what I will call 'keystone myths' from the ancient cultures that have informed our modern world:

Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Post-Christian Judaism, Greece, Rome, Graeco-Rome, the Celtic world, Finland (Kalevala), Iceland, India, China, Japan, Polynesia, Peru, Central America and Mexico, Zuni.

Colum also treats us to his wonderful essay, "The Significance of Mythology."

This one-volume edition carries within its covers more cultural heartbeats and beautiful vision than any other single book I can think of. Great Myths of the World is a book to enjoy throughout a lifetime. In Waldorf education, many of these myths are at the heart of 4th and 5th grade curricula.


Ancient Mythologies

India - Persia - Babylon - Egypt

Charles Kovacs



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Yet another gift to teachers, parents and students from Charles Kovacs!

Stories of gods and demons, noble heroes and epic adventures from the world's great myths and legends, retold for children. Through colorful characters such as Buddha, Krishna, Zarathustra, Gilgamesh, Isis and Osiris, mankind's development from hunters of wild animals to builders of magnificent cities and the great pyramids springs to life. Beyond the historical narrative the stories reveal an ancient wisdom: the timeless source and substance out of which all myths and legends are woven.

Charles Kovacs told these stories to his Grade 5 students when he taught at the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School. Although he intended them as source material for teachers and parents of Waldorf School Children, the stories have a universal appeal for children and adults, beginning at about age 9.


Gilgamesh - Man's First Story

Bernarda Bryson

Softbound - elegantly illustrated


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This is a powerful - and powerfully beautiful - retelling of one of the oldest stories known to humanity. Bernarda Bryson tells this story with simplicity and grace - retaining as she does the uniquely Sumerian view of the world, some of the poetic responses, and above all, the heart and soul of this story that combines in equal measure the elements of both transcendent victory and deep tragedy. This retelling was written for children, but I can't think of any adult who wouldn't enjoy it as well. Ms. Bryson is rightly remembered as an author whose sensitivity was matched by her literary skill - and who used the fullness of her capacities in the making of this book.

The story of Gilgamesh was first written down about 3000 BC in Sumeria. It tells of a great flood and of one man, befriended by the gods, who survived by building an ark. In the feats of Gilgamesh and his companion, Enkidu, a monster who turns into a gentle man who loves and respects the King, are found the sources of great mythological heroes: Hercules, Jason and Theseus.

In addition to its vital importance in the history of literature, Gilgamesh is an exciting and often amusing tale - setting jealous god against jealous god, god against man, and man against man in remarkable battles of wit and strength.

A must for fifth graders - wonderful for the rest of us!


a chapter excerpted from Kultur und Kunst Agyptens Ein Isisgeheimnis

Ernst Uehli

Translated by Rudolf Copple

Staple Bound


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Background reading for teachers of Waldorf 5th and 10th grade Ancient Egyptian history.

Ancient Greece

Charles Kovacs

A Retelling of Greek Mythology and History According to the Waldorf Approach for Grades 5 & 6



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Told by a master class teacher, the myths and history in Ancient Greece open the doors to an understanding of the heart of Ancient Greek culture and life. These are stories that are sure to stay with students throughout their lives, the sort of tales that will come back to the adult time and time again. Charles Kovacs did a masterful job in the retelling of each story, and covered well the various aspects of the Fifth Grade curriculum on Ancient Greece.

Contains 54 stories in the areas of Greek Mythology, The Argonauts, Perseus, The Twelve Labours of Heracles, Theseus, Greek History, Alexander the Great.

At the Hot Gates

An Account of the Battle of Thermopylae

Donald Samson

Illustrated by Adam Agee



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We welcome this outstanding reader for the Waldorf Grade 5 curriculum!  Between the excitement of the story and the resounding history that lies behind it, any student (an their teacher!) will be hungry to get to read more.

It’s the year 480 BC and the greatest army ever gathered in the ancient world is on the march to conquer all of Greece. An irresistible force, they are destroying whatever dares to stand in their path. One man steps forward to stop them, followed by 300 companions. His chances are next to null; yet he goes. This man is Leonidas. And his companions are Spartans. They go to stop the Persian advance and meet their destiny at the narrows known as The Hot Gates.

Homer's Odyssey

A Retelling

Isabel Wyatt



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This is a book I've been hoping to see for years - it is happy news that it is now available. Isabel Wyatt's retelling of the Odyssey is masterful and engaging. Without sacrificing any of the grandeur or scale of the original, she tells the complete story in a way that makes it a bit more immediate, more alive than the translations. This is the perfect reader for Grade 5 students in the Waldorf Curriculum, and a great story for everyone else.

The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy

Retold by Padraic Colum

Illustrated by Willy Pogany



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Master storyteller Padraic Colum beautifully captures the timeless adventure of Homer's Illiad and Odyssey as he weaves the ancient story afresh for young ears and hearts.

First, we follow Odysseus's son Telemachus into the hall of King Menelaus and Queen Helen, she whose face launched a thousand ships. From them we hear of the great battle that was the Trojan War, of the bravery of soldiers and princes on both sides of the walled city, and of the cleverness and craft of the Trojan Horse with which the Greeks won the war.

And then we learn how tragedy stuck Odysseus, how through a single act of disrespect to a powerful god, Odysseus was cast upon unfriendly seas and made to wander for 20 long years, as his wife Penelope struggled to postpone remarriage and his son searched in near-despair for a father he'd never known.

These adventures have woven themselves into the very fabric of our history and culture since they were first told over two thousand years ago -- and this book is a wonderful way to introduce children to them.

A Wonder Book

Heroes and Monsters of Greek Mythology

Nathaniel Hawthorne



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What could be better than to have riveting stories from Greek mythology told by one of America's finest writers? Not much, at least not from my perspective.

Nathaniel Hawthorne remains one of my favorite authors, despite the treatment he was meted out during my high school years. His ability to engage the reader and unfold a story far surpasses most of the literature that followed him - I still go back to his books when I want the uprightness and intelligence he brought to the page, and when I want a book that inspires such interest that I can hardly put it down.

It is just these qualities that he brought to A Wonder Book. Children will be captivated by both the Greek myths and by the storyteller who is the 'outer story' of this book. The warmth of the narrator and the imaginations of the Greeks combine to make A Wonder Book one of the treasures of children's literature for all time.

Ages 10 and up.

The Story of the Golden Fleece

Padraic Colum



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When one of the finest storytellers turns his attention to one of the worlds richest stories, the results are simply wonderful. Colum's rendition of the Golden Fleece creates a world where Jason, Medea, Heracles (Hercules), Orpheus and others come to life in stirring detail. The Story of the Golden Fleece is itself an invitation to enter the world of Greek lore and and share the adventures of heroes and gods. Truly wonderful stuff!

Ages 10 and older.

Helen and Penelope

Greek Mythology and the Drama of Human Development ~ The Trojan War and the Adventures of Odysseus

L. F. C. Mees


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Dr. Mees brings the imaginative pictures of Greek mythology, especially the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer, to new life. The author examines these images as expressions of the development of consciousness within the evolving human being. This book is a wonderful background reading for Waldorf 5th and 10th teachers,  as well as for all students and lovers of Greek mythology.