Dick Caldwell's Greek Myths

Battle of the Centaurs and the Lapiths from the Elgin Marble collection at the British Museum

There is no true, or correct, version of Greek myth (although the Greek Ministry of Culture evidently thought so when they accused Disney Animation of creating a false version of the ancient myth in the movie Hercules). During antiquity the myths were constantly changing; in the field of drama alone, the tragedians Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides all wrote versions of famous myths (Oedipus or Orestes, for example) which differed not only from the other dramatists but also from the earlier stories found in epic poetry.
So I make no claim that my version is the only true or correct one. My only claim is that I have considered all the available variants, and chosen those which seemed to me most enduring and coherent.
In other words, if someone asked me to tell them a Greek myth, the versions here are what I would say.

Contents:
THE MYTHS OF ARGOS
   
Zeus and Io    Danaos and the Danaids
Danae and Perseus   Bellerophon
Pelops    The Genealogy of Herakles
Herakles' Life Before the Labors
   
The Birth and Childhood of Herakles
   
Herakles and the Thespian Lion
   
The Madness of Herakles
The Labors of Herakles
Labors 1-8 and Labors 9-12
Herakles' Life After the Labors
Eurytos and Iole    Omphale of Lydia
Troy and Elis    Pylos, Aleos and Aug   Kalydon    
Trachis: The Death of Herakles  The Children of Herakles

THE MYTHS OF CRETE
Zeus and Europa
Minos and His Family
Theseus and Ariadne
Daidalos and Ikaros
Katreus and Glaukos

 
THE MYTHS OF THEBES
Kadmos and Harmonia
The Daughters of Kadmos
Dionysos Labdakos to Laios
Antiope, Zethos, Amphion
Niobe Laios  Oidipous

Dick CaldwellProfessor Emeritus of Classics, USC (other positions at the Universities of Minnesota, Texas, and Colorado), consultant to Disney's "Hercules," author of Hesiod's Theogony, The Origin of the Gods, Vergil's Aeneid, and dozens of articles on subjects ancient and modern. He has written many books and articles about antiquity (and other subjects) and he has been taking people on unconventional tours to the eastern Mediterranean for 25 consecutive years.  He is (for what it's worth) the world's leading authority on the psychoanalytic study of antiquity, he knows (and will tell you) the secret meaning of all the Greek myths, he speaks modern Greek, some Turkish, and hardly any Arabic, and he claims to know everyone in Greece and Turkey. Comments or Questions? E-mail Dick