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so little while ago I did a video all about books that are based on classical mythology from ancient Greece or ancient Rome these are books retelling mess either in an ancient setting or in a more modern setting I felt when I was following that video Lord that I could have encompassed so many other books in it if my definition was a slightly looser there are so many books inspired by classics and antiquity in general I wanted to mention but felt like I kind of boxed myself and with the missing so I thought it might just be fun to do a more general book recommendations of books that are inspired by classics into Greece engine-room and mythology in general because of that more general theme there is a really wide variety of different types of books in this video hopefully something for everybody and without further ado let's get into the books show first off I'm going to start with a book that is inspired by a message say it in a modern setting and it's specifically taking its cue from one piece of ancient literature which is ovid metamorphoses which was an ancient Roman epic poem and it may come as a surprise to you but that is in fact the vegetarian by hand another story actually takes a lot of its influence from like I mentioned Ovid's metamorphoses and specifically the myth of daphne and apollo in a mess of daphne and apollo apollo takes a liking to daphne and pursues her in order to have sex with her but she does not want to have sex with the god his advances are unwanted so she flees from his pursuit in the hopes of being saved from one god she prayed to the other gods to help her and they interpret her wishes by turning her into a tree now if you've raised a vegetarian you can probably see a lot of the inspiration from that mess in this story already and if you read it you definitely able to pick up on themes of the body of female sexuality of lack of control over one's body the misuse of one body by others all of those kind of things as well as quite a lot of references to trees that's Esther although I believe this book completely stands on its own nice extra added level I think together as a reader the book itself is set in South Korea and Han Kang is a Korean author in the book was originally written in Korean I was translated into English by Deborah Smith it follows one woman but we never get her perspective we have three chapters each tool from the perspective of somebody else in her life her husband her sister's husband and then her sister herself it deals with her mental health as well as her lack of control over who embodies sexist attitudes in her culture and society and her attempt to kind of reclaim herself through what starts as becoming a vegetarian and ends up progressing quite extremely as the book goes on it's a wonderful wonderful story very short and I would recommend it to anybody the next vehicle will also set in a modern setting I feel is quite different in the inspiration it takes to run tickity and that is the secret history by Donna Tartt now this story or the group of students predominantly following our main students who come to this university late and wishes to take ancient Greek and Latin the ancient Greek crossover is a very quickie grip and he has to sort of ingratiate himself into becoming a part of that clique but when he becomes a part of that Creek it leads to some really strange relationship unhealthy interaction and strange group mentality and they try to recreate what in antiquity was known as a Bacchanalia in the Latin which is the celebration of the god Dionysus or Bacchus who is a God Wayne and parties essentially and it all takes a very dark time in a middle you know from the outset of the service that somebody dies how that happens you don't learn until the Middle's I won't spoil that for you but it's all about the lead-up to and the aftermath of this death tons of references to integrity and classics for those of you that are interested as well as a little bit of ancient Greek thrown in there no and then but also a phenomenally intriguing dark beautifully written interesting novel for anybody to read next up as a book I think has an incredibly intriguing concept and then behind it and that is the just city by jewel Walton this book is actually inspired by Plato's Republic now Plato's Republic was a piece of ancient Greek philosophical writings it was famously an ancient Greek philosopher and his Republic is a hypothetical utopian society that he believes would be the most just society there is and of course it comes from a very ancient Greek Athenian perspective although he has a lot of objections to the Athenian society he lives in Plato was not a Democrat and didn't believe in democracy his system is actually incredibly hierarchical safe to say however that the Republic is not my dream Society but it's such an interesting content to take that book and basically write a story sake in this utopian society it's safe in antiquity and it revolves around the gods who have decided they want to taste Oh Plato's dream by creating this Society cut off from the rest of the world so they've always terribly wrong they don't have to deal with the after-effects of interacting with the rest of the world and they even take is far to pick the people that will live in their society from throughout time so tightly fastening contact and I'm a big fan of what Dalton does is general sharing some of the interesting stuff in a variety of different kind of genres next up is a book I completely forgot to mention in my other video and that is X or cs50 new mix edited by Kate de bernheimer this is a collection of short stories by of various different authors all retailing ancient myths now in all fairness is probably didn't quite fit around the video because it's not purely Greek and Roman myths I was asked taken here as well as covers other mythologies but it does include Greek enormous I thought I could include it in this video some of the classical mythology includes RDB listen Icarus narcissus and ankle Orpheus and Euridice Pygmalion and Galatea and Argos Odysseus is faithful dog enjoys doing Rihanna but we also see characters from Indian Punjabi anyway and so many other different mythological backgrounds so that's a really fascinating concept in itself and because of the variety of settings mythologies and rated each one is truly unique and lastly for this video at least something completely different and that's the world orchard by Tom Hall to Tom Walters one of my favorite comedic writers he writes a lot of comedic fantasy but in this book he decides to take on antiquity and set one of his comedic novels in classical Athens the first sentence on the blurb is the heroism opus we read cynical and believing only in comedy the story itself of course focuses in on the stages of cast Glassons which were an important center of Athenian life in so many ways and deals with both Athenian comedy and tragedy modern humorous novel set in integrity is certainly not a genre I think they're mostly familiar with so I think it's really fun to have something like that out there especially since I'm a big fan of television and film comedies that are tackled antiquity and I think really comedy can make some of the most interesting observations on any aspects of any society it's something I think is a really interesting tool to see how it can be used I'm gonna stick to the five for now there are so many other books with classical scenes classical allusions and ancient settings that I could mention to you so if you did enjoy this video let me know and I will film another one in the future we'll call this installment one shall we and if you didn't manage to check out of my books based on classical myths the video then I will link that up here down below as well as my video on where to be the original ancient Greek and Roman myths if you're interested in a bit of classical literature until next time oh happy reading and I'll see y'all again soon bye guys