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Wonderful rendering by a true master of literature
on December 31, 2005
Roger Lancelyn Green was a true expert of classic literature and ancient mythology. Green was also good friends with C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Lewis's stepson Douglas Gresham (who recently co-produced the Disney production of THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE). So, Roger Lancelyn Green ran in literary circles.
Furthermore, Roger Lancelyn Green thoroughly studied all the ancient mythologies from around the world. He knew them inside and out. But unlike most other like-minded scholars, Green chose to bring these stories home for children. Such he has done with Norse mythology, Egyptian mythology, Robin Hood, Arthurian legend, and of course, Greek mythology.
Green's book TALES OF THE GREEK HEROES is nothing short of exciting and fun to read. It's simple enough that a child can understand it and complex enough that an adult reader will not be bored by it. In it are such exciting stories as the adventures of Perseus the Gorgon-slayer (also depicted in the 1981 film CLASH OF THE TITANS) and all the labors of Hercules (or Heracles). The book concludes with the fall of Troy, which gives way to Green's two follow-up books THE TALE OF TROY and THE LUCK OF TROY.
I also highly recommend Roger Lancelyn Green's KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE.