Below you will find a few of my favorite resources for Greek mythology. Click on the links in blue to go directly to the sites. This list is by no means exhaustive, and I am sure there are many resources out there which are worthy of mention. If you have any suggestions please email me and I will check them out and add them if appropriate.
Theoi.com This is, in my opinion, one of the most thorough mythology sites on the internet. The documentation is extensive, and there are excellent sections on gods, Titans, heroes, mythological beasts and other figures in Greek mythology. This is a site you can loose yourself in if you're the type who just likes to keep looking up entry after entry.
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths One of the best books for younger audiences, it contains the backstories of the Greek gods and goddesses as well as stories of heroes like Heracles and Perseus. It also contains the story of Jason and Medea. This was how I first met Medea, when I was just in the second grade. My second grade school picture shows me proudly holding this book, rather than the toys and athletic gear my peers used as props.
Gods of the Greeks Hard to find now except through resale sources, you can still buy it on Amazon through second party dealers. This is a very academic work, but it does a fine job of detailing some of the complexities of Greek mythology. You will see why the gods and goddesses were not just one-dimensional stereotypes, but vast beings with a range of functions and personalities.
The Internet Classics Archive A great resource for finding plays and other writings from ancient Greece. I have given specific links to some of the plays which inspired elements of my book in the next column.
Grandmother of Time, Grandmother of the Moon, The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries Zsuzsanna Budapest's wonderful books about goddesses from around the world give a wealth of information about ancient Greek and Roman rites honoring various aspects of the Great Mother. While she updates some of the stories and rituals to make them relevant for a modern-day audience, she backs up her research with citations of ancient chroniclers who had a first-hand knowledge of these festivals.
The Golden Bough James George Frazer's seminal work on mythology and magic. It's still considered a classic, although I'm sure some of the material is now very dated, and I'm not sure he backed up many of his assertions with proper sourcing. Nonetheless it at least gives you a good idea of how the human mind works, and shows how people choose to interpret things that happened thousands of years ago.
The Argonautica by Apollonius of Rhodes The classic tale of Jason and Medea. Here you will find the story of how she fell in love with him and helped him win the golden fleece with her magic. Here, too, you will find the descriptions of Medea as having blonde hair and a golden tinge to her eyes.
Medea by Euripides This is the Medea most people are familiar with—the vengeful sorceress who kills Jason's lover, then her own children to spite him. This play is one of the sources that mentions Medea's chariot drawn by dragons.
Medea by Seneca Another version of the story. Though the play follows the outline of Euripides' version, Seneca is a little more sympathetic to her plight as a jilted wife. This play inspired me to have my protagonist scream "I am MEDEA!" during a pivotal battle. One of the most memorable lines of Seneca's play is: "Now I am Medea; my wit has increased through my suffering."
Metamorphoses by Ovid In book VII 179-349, we again hear about Medea's dragon-drawn chariot. These chapters include a magical ritual in which Medea makes Jason's aging father young again, and destroys a usurping king by tricking his daughters into killing him in a rather gruesome way.
Library of History by Diodorus This writer briefly mentioned Medea's aid to Heracles when he was lost in a blood madness:
"Now as for Medea, they say, on finding upon her arrival in Thebes that Heracles was possessed of a frenzy of madness and had slain his sons, she restored him to health..." (Book 4 section 55.4)
Clash of the Titans (1981) This is the original version of the movie, and is a classic in my eyes. The special effects may seem a little primitive by today's standards but they sure made a huge impression on me when I saw this movie in the theater back in the day. I give it a special nod here because the writers depicted the classic Greek gods much as I envision them, with dignity and aloofness. My only argument was casting Sir Lawrence Olivier as Zeus. Zeus was always seen in ancient Greece as a powerful man in his prime, not an old man.