This past week, Eidolon published two articles on recent books that reworked classical stories: Kamila Shamsie's Home Fire and Stephen Fry's Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold. Hopefully, that left you hankering for more good reading during the holidays. So if you don't want to spend winter break catching up on the latest scholarship (or on the pile of work you've been neglecting)--but also don't want to stray too much from the classics--crack open one of these eight books from 2017, in alphabetical order by last name:
Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard
Mary Beard's latest, based on two lectures she gave over the past few years, traces the history of silencing women and its relationship to power.
The Classical Debt: Greek Antiquity in an Era of Austerity by Johanna Hanink
Eidolon contributor and board member Johanna Hanink explores the multifaceted notion of Greek "debt" in a book that actually started out as an article she published with us!
For the Winner by Emily Hauser
Emily Hauser reimagines Atalanta's voyage with Jason and the Argonauts. Earlier this year on Eidolon, Hauser gave us a glimpse into writing historical fiction as a classicist.
The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes
Natalie Haynes wears many hats, and one of them is "classicist"--as evinced by this novelization of Sophocles' Theban plays.
An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn
Daniel Mendelsohn recasts the Odyssey as a memoir and a moving tribute to his late father; read Johanna Hanink's interview-review here.
House of Names by Colm Tóibín
Bestselling author Colm Tóibín tackles the story of Clytemnestra in four parts.
Bright Air Black by David Vann
This would be a great one to read after For the Winner--David Vann's novel starts with Medea and Jason fleeing Colchis and takes us through their tragic fates.
The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson
Here's our take on Wilson's widely-praised translation of the Odyssey, the first English one by a woman.