Graeco-Roman Temple Library

Recommended reading list

Note: I own and have read all of these. Those not marked by stars yet I'm either re-reading for better input or just got and am current reading. As I read more and have time to add them, they will be added here. No booklists were "ripped off" by me or anyone else. Click on the links to order them from

For a more complete booklist (and updated more frequently)
visit my Temenos Theon website's booklist.

Please also visit my links section for online organizations, resources, and emailing lists for Greek and Roman religion.

Rating System

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- Very good!
- Not bad, borrow from someone first
- Ugh. :(
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Ancient Greek Religion

Apollo and His Cult and Myth
  • Apollo: The Wind, the Spirit, and the God - Karl Kerenyi
  • Apollo: The Golden God - Doris Gates
  • Python: A Study of Delphic Myth and Its Origins - Joseph Fontenrose
  • The Delphic Oracle: Its Responses and Operations - Joseph Fontenrose
  • Dionysos and His Cult and Myth
  • Dionysos: Archetypal Image of Indestructable Life - Karl Kerenyi
  • Dionysus: Myth and Cult - Walter Otto
  • Gods of Love and Ecstasy : The Traditions of Shiva and Dionysus - Alain Danielou
  • The Bacchae of Euripides : A New Translation With a Critical Essay -Euripides, Donald Sutherland (Designer)
  • Greek Drama and Legends
  • Greek Drama - edited by Moses Hadas
  • The Odyssey - Homer, Robert Fagles (translator)
  • The Iliad - Homer, Robert Fagles (translator)
  • The Argonautika: The Story of Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece (Hellenistic Culture and Society, No 25) - Apollonios Rhodios
  • Medea (Dover Thrift Edition) - Euripides, Rex Warner (Translator)
  • The Oresteia Trilogy : Agamemnon, the Libation-Bearers and the Furies (Dover Thrift Editions) - Aeschylus, Aeschylus, Aeschylus Agamemnon, Aeschylus Libation-beare, E. D. Morshead (Translator)
  • Wasps, the Poet and the Women the Frogs (Penguin Classics) - Aristophanes, David Barrett (Translator)
  • Electra and Other Plays (Penguin Classics) - Euripides, John Davie (Translator), R. B. Rutherford
  • General Greek Religion
  • Greek Religion - Walter Burkert
  • Ancient Mystery Cults - Walter Burkert
  • Eleusis - Karl Kerenyi
  • Prometheus - Karl Kerenyi
  • Gods of the Greeks - Karl Kerenyi
  • Heroes of the Greeks - Karl Kerenyi
  • Greek Mythology: An Introduction - Fritz Graf
  • Hekate in Ancient Greek Religion - Rober Von Rudloff, Rob Von Rudloff, Randie Feil (Illustrator)
  • Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion - Jane Ellen Harrison
  • Magika Hiera : Ancient Greek Magic and Religion - Christopher A. Faraone (Editor), Dirk Obbink (Editor)
  • The Magical Greek Papyri in Translation - Hans Dieter Betz
  • Callimachus Hymns & Epigrams Lycphrn (129) - G. R. Mair (Translator), A. W. Mair (Translator)
  • Religion in the Ancient Greek City - Louise B. Zaidman, Pauline Schmitt Pantel
  • Hesiod : Theogony, Works and Days, Shield - Apoltolos N. Athanassakis (Translator), Apostolos N. Athanassakis
  • Orpheus and Greek Religion - W. K. C. Guthrie
  • The Hymns of Orpheus/Mutations - R. C. Hogart
  • The Homeric Hymns - Charles Boer (translator)

    Modern Greek Religion

  • Old Stones, New Temples - Drew Campbell

    Ancient Roman Religio

  • Dictionary of Roman Religion - Adkins and Adkins
  • Cults of the Roman Empire - Robert Turcan
  • The Nature of the Gods and On Divination - Cicero
  • The Roman Poets -Peter Washington
  • Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome - Lesley Adkins, Roy A. Adkins
  • Ovid the Metamorphoses - Horace Gregory
  • The Aeneid of Vergil - Clyde Pharr (I do not own the book by this translator, but as my copy is very old and unlikely to be found, I've included this one instead).

    Modern Roman Religio


    Greek and Roman sources

  • Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds - Georg Luck
  • Magic of the Ancient World - Fritz Graf
  • Bulfinch's Mythology - Thomas Bulfinch

    Modern Fiction and Interpretations

    Modern day myths, translations, and fiction... read at your own discretion
  • The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony - Roberto Calasso, Tim Parks (Translator) This one is my favorite! It is unbelievably beautiful.
  • The King Must Die! - Mary Renault
  • The Mask of Apollo - Mary Renault
  • The Firebrand - Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The Double Tongue - William Golding
  • The Kronos Condition - Emily Devenport
  • We are forming a community online--and hopefully from which will have offline communities--of people who worship Apollo. For the most part we will be Greek reconstructionist as far as our ritual and festival practices, but we welcome anyone who is genuinely devoted to the god.
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