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The stories of Jason and the Argonauts, Perseus and the head of Medusa, and Theseus and the Minotaur are told with power and grace by a master storyteller, Charles Kingsley. Kingsley’s wonderful retelling is back in print under the title Greek Fairy Tales. Another in-print alternative is The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum. The Kingsley edition is really the best there is; but if unsuccessful in obtaining a copy, the Colum edition will also work.
Introduce this book following chapter VII: Theseus Visits the Labyrinth, in The Story of the Greeks. Tell your children that now you will be putting aside the history for a few days to learn about the legendary heroes the Greeks honored, and what life was like back in the first days of Greece, when the people who were to become the Greeks were still simple farmers and herders, before her cities were strong and powerful, and before Greece was famous for her art, literature, science, and philosophy.