“The Women of Greek Mythology: A Beginner’s Guide to the Goddesses, Heroines and Demonesses in Greece’s Myths and Folktales” by Zayden Stone

"The Women of Greek Mythology: A Beginner's Guide to the Goddesses, Heroines and Demonesses in Greece's Myths and Folktales" by Zayden Stone

"Do you know what made mother Earth Gaia a vengeful Primordial? Do you know which Greek goddess influenced the statues of Lady Justice holding scales found outside many courthouses around the world today? Other than the Fates and the Gorgons, do you know the other trinity sisters from Greek mythology? Was Circe truly an evil sorceress or a victim of circumstance?

Whether it is the maternal instincts of Gaia, or the fate wielding powers of the Moirai; the brute strength of Athena or the stare of death by Medusa; the women of Greek mythology have been a part of lore for centuries. They have served as muses for many literary masterpieces and modern day pop culture. This includes, for example, the infamous Three Witches, also known as the Weird Sisters or Wayward Sisters, in William Shakespeare's play Macbeth, who hold a striking resemblance to the three Fates.

Through human history, the myths of Greece’s goddesses, demonesses and mortal heroines have invited readers to want to know more about them. Often misunderstood, their folktales have described the plight of women as well as their strengths. From Disney’s Hercules and the Percy Jackson novels, to authors like Madeline Miller and Natalie Haynes, many characters from Greek myths are household names. This is reflected in common sayings and phrases such as the Midas touch, Achilles' heel, and Pandora’s box.

Ancient Greek mythology gives us a window into another time and culture through which we can reflect on our own. The women found in Greek mythology, be they divine, monstrous, or mortal, still carry a lot of relevance in the modern day, since themes in their stories and how characters faced challenges in their lives continue to resonate. This is why the book is broken down into six sections, namely, the Primordials, the Titans, the Olympians, the Trinities, the Dubious and the Mortals.

Folklorist Zayden Stone dives deep into the stories of the women in Greek folktales through
fictional anecdotes,
retellings of the myths, and
an analysis of the character.

If you have an intrigue for the women of Greek mythology and their timeless tales, this beginner’s guide is a great initiation into their legendary lores."