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A reading group from Virginia asked us how to pronounce the names in our novels.  We thought the question was great, and so we have put together this guide. Often, however, there are many legitimate versions of pronunciations which we have not given here -- and no one knows with certainty how the Greeks were speaking 3300 years ago! Below we give only suggestions, not hard-and-fast rules, based, whenever possible, on Dictionary of Classical Mythology by J. E. Zimmerman.

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Name or Word

How We Say It &
Alternate Pronunciations

Recording

Achilles

uh-KILL-eez

Listen to “Achilles

Adrastos

uh-DRASS-tohs

Listen to “Adrastos”

Aeneas

ee-NEE-uhs

Listen to “Aeneas”

Aeolius

ee-OHL-yus

Listen to “Aeolius”

Aerope

ah-AIR-oh-pee

Listen to “Aerope

Agamemnon

ag-uh-MEM-non

Listen to “Agamemnon”

Aigisthos

ee-JISS-thus

Listen to “Aigisthos

Alkides

al-KYE-deez

Listen to “Alkides”

Alkmene

alk-MEE-nee

Listen to Alkmene

Alphaeios

al-FEE-uhs

Listen to “Alphaeios”

Alphenor

AL-fen-or

Listen to “Alphenor”

Amphion

am-FY-uhn

Listen to “Amphion”

Amphiorax

am-FYE-oh-rax

Listen to “Amphiorax”

Amphitrite

am-fih-TRY-tee

Listen to “Amphitrite”

Amphitryon

am-FIT-ree-uhn

Listen to “Amphitryon”

Amphora

am-FOR-uh

Listen to “amphora”

Antigone

an-TIG-oh-nee

Listen to “Antigone”

Antiope

an-TY-oh-pee

Listen to “Antiope”

Aphrodite

aff-ro-DY-tee

Listen to “Aphrodite”

Apollo

uh-POLL-oh

Listen to “Apollo”

Arachne

uh-RACK-nee

Listen to “Arachne

Ares

AR-eez

Listen to “Ares”

Argia

ar-JEE-uh

Listen to “Argia”

Argos

AR-gohs

Listen to “Argos”

Ariadne

air-ee-AD-nee

Listen to “Ariadne”

Arion

uh-RYE-on

Listen to “Arion”

Artemis

AR-te-miss

Listen to “Artemis”

Asopus

uh-SOH-pus

Listen to “Asopus”

Astydamia

as-tih-duh-MY-uh

Listen to “Astydamia

Athena

uh-THEE-nuh

Listen to “Athena”

Atreus

AY-tree-us

Listen to “Atreus”

Atropos

AT-roh-pohs

Listen to “Atropos”

Broteas

BROT-tee-uhs

Listen to “Broteas”

Butes

BOO-teez

Listen to “Butes”

Chabrias

KAB-ree-uhs

Listen to “Chabrias”

Chaerilis

KEE-rih-lis

Listen to “Chaerilis”

Chloris

KLOR-iss

Listen to “Chloris”

Chrysippus

kry-SIP-puhs

Listen to “Chrysippus”

Chthonius

THO-nee-uhs

Listen to “Chthonius

Clytemnestra

kly-tem-NESS-truh

Listen to “Clytemnestra”

Creon

KREE-on

Listen to “Creon”

Daedalus

DED-uh-lus

Listen to “Daedalus”

Damasichthon

dam-uh-SIK-thon

Listen to “Damasichthon

Danae

DAN-uh-ee

Listen to “Danae

Danais

DAN-uh-iss
DAN-uh-ees

Listen to “Danais”

Daphne

DAFF-nee

Listen to "Daphne"

Deipyle

day-IP-uh-lee

Listen to “Deipyle”

Demeter

dih-MEE-tur

Listen to “Demeter”

Demochares

dih-MOCK-ah-reez

Listen to “Demochares”

Deukalion

doo-KAY-lee-on

Listen to “Deukalion”

Dione

dy-OH-nee

Listen to “Dione”

Dionysus

dy-uh-NY-suhs

Listen to “Dionysus”

Dirke

DUR-kee

Listen to “Dirke”

Echion

eh-KYE-on

Listen to “Echion

Eidyia

eye-DYE-uh

Listen to “Eidyia”

Elpinike

el-pin-EYE-kee

Listen to “Elpinike”

Eos

EE-ohs

Listen to “Eos”

Epopeus

eh-PO-pee-uhs

Listen to “Epopeus”

Erechtheus

eh-REK-thoos or

eh-REK-thee-uhs

Listen to “Erechtheus”

Eriphyle

eh-rih-FYE-lee

Listen to Eriphyle

Eteokles

ih-TEE-uh-kleez

Listen to "Eteokles"

Eudoxa

you-DOX-ah

Listen to “Eudoxa”

Euryanassa

you-ree-ah-NAH-sah

Listen to “Euryanassa”

Eurydike

you-RID-uh-kee

Listen to "Eurydike"

Evarete

ee-vah-RET-ee

Listen to “Evarete”

Exarchos

ex-AR-kohs

Listen to "Exarchos"

Gogos

GO-guhs

Listen to "Gogos"

Hades

HAY-deez

Listen to "Hades"

Haemon

HEE-mon

Listen to "Haemon"

Harmonia

har-MOH-nee-uh

Listen to "Harmonia"

Hashti

HAHSH-tee

Listen to "Hashti"

Helen

HEL-en

Listen to "Helen"

Hephaistos

he-FESS-tus

Listen to "Hephaistos"

Hera

HIR-uh
HEE-ruh

Listen to "Hera"

Herakles

HIR-uh-kleez
HEE-ruh-kleez

Listen to "Herakles"

Hermes

HUR-meez

Listen to "Hermes"

Herse

HUR-see

Listen to “Herse

Hippodamia

hip-po-dah-MY-uh

Listen to “Hippodamia”

Hippolyta

hip-POL-ih-tuh
hip-POL-ih-tee

Listen to “Hippolyta”

Hippolytos

hip-POL-ih-tuhs

Listen to "Hippolytos"

Iapyx

ih-AH-pix

Listen to “Iapyx”

Idmon

ID-mahn

Listen to “Idmon”

Ilioneus

ih-lee-OH-nee-us

Listen to “Ilioneus

Io

EE-oh

Listen to "Io"

Iokaste

yo-KASS-tuh
yo-KAHS-tee
ee-oh-KAHS-tee

Listen to "Iokaste"

Iphigenia

if-ih-jih-NYE-uh

Listen to “Iphigenia”

Ismene

iz-MEE-nee

Listen to "Ismene"

Ismenus

is-MEE-nus

Listen to “Ismenus”

Jocasta

jo-KASS-ta

Listen to "Jocasta"

Kadmos

KAD-muhs

Listen to "Kadmos"

Kleodoxa

klee-oh-DOX-ah

Listen to “Kleodoxa”

Kronos

KRO-nohs

Listen to “Kronos

Labdakus

LAB-duh-kus

Listen to “Labdakus”

Lachesis

LAK-eh-siss

Listen to “Lachesis”

Laius

LAY-uhs
LY-uhs
LEE-uhs

Listen to “Laius”

Lamedon

LAY-meh-don

Listen to “Lamedon”

Leda

LEE-duh

Listen to “Leda”

Lethe

LEE-thee

Listen to “Lethe”

Leto

LEE-toh

Listen to “Leto”

Leukippes

loo-KIP-peez

Listen to “Leukippes”

Leukothoe

loo-KOTH-oh-ee

Listen to “Leukothoe”

Lykus

LY-kus

Listen to “Lykus”

Maenads

MEE-nads

Listen to “Maenads”

Manto

MAN-toh

Listen to “Manto”

Medusa

meh-DOO-sah

Listen to “Medusa”

Megara

MEG-uh-ruh

Listen to “Megara”

Megaron

MEG-ah-ron

Listen to “megaron”

Melanippus

mel-a-NIP-pus

Listen to “Melanippus”

Melanthe

muh-LAN-thee

Listen to “Melanthe”

Menelaus

men-uh-LAY-uhs

Listen to “Menelaus”

Menoeceus

mee-NEE-soos

Listen to “Menoeceus”

Merope

MURR-uh-pee

Listen to “Merope”

Mnesikles

NESS-uh-kleez

Listen to “Mnesikles”

Mycenae

my-SEE-nee

Listen to “Mycenae”

Myrtilos

MUR-tih-lohs

Listen to “Myrtilos”

Nausidame

now-SID-uh-mee

Listen to “Nausidame”

Neaira

nee-EYE-ruh

Listen to “Neaira”

Nerissa

neh-RISS-uh
nee-RISS-uh

Listen to “Nerissa”

Nestor

NESS-tur

Listen to “Nestor”

Nikippe

ny-KIP-pee

Listen to “Nikippe

Nikippes

ny-KIP-peez

Listen to “Nikippes

Niobe

NY-oh-bee

Listen to “Niobe”

Odysseus

oh-DISS-ee-uhs

Listen to “Odysseus”

Oedipus

ED-uh-pus
EE-duh-pus

Listen to “Oedipus”

Ogygia

oh-JIJ-ee-uh

Listen to “Ogygia”

Oinomaios

ee-no-MAY-uhs

Listen to “Oinomaios”

Olympia

oh-LIM-pee-uh

Listen to “Olympia

Orchomenos

or-ko-MEE-nohs

Listen to “Orchomenos”

Orius

oh-RYE-uhs

Listen to “Orius”

Ouranos

YOUR-ah-nuhs

Listen to “Ouranos

Pandareus

pan-DARE-ee-uhs

Listen to “Pandareus”

Pandion

PAN-dee-on

Listen to “Pandion”

Parthenopaeus

par-thin-oh-PEE-uhs

Listen to “Parthenopaeus

Pelops

PEE-lahps
PEH-lops
PLOPS

Listen to “Pelops”

Pelorus

puh-LOR-uhs
pee-LOR-uhs

Listen to “Pelorus”

Pentheus

PEN-thoos

Listen to “Pentheus”

Perseus

PURSE-ee-uhs

Listen to “Perseus

Phaedimus

FEE-dih-muss

Listen to “Phaedimus

Pharax

FAY-rax

Listen to “Pharax”

Pheno

FEE-no

Listen to “Pheno”

Philomela

fil-oh-MEE-luh

Listen to “Philomela”

Phokos

FOH-kos

Listen to “Phokos”

Phthia

THY-uh

Listen to “Phthia”

Pinelopi

pin-ELL-oh-pee

Listen to “Pinelopi”

Pisa

PEE-zuh

Listen to “Pisa”

Pittheus

PIT-thoos

Listen to “Pittheus

Polydoros

pol-ee-DOR-uhs

Listen to “Polydorus

Polyphantes

pol-ee-FAN-teez

Listen to “Polyphantes

Poseidon

puh-SY-duhn

Listen to “Poseidon”

Polyxo

poh-LIX-oh

Listen to “Polyxo”

Prokne

PROCK-nee

Listen to “Prokne”

Prometheus

pro-MEE-thee-uhs

Listen to “Prometheus”

Pylos

PY-lohs

Listen to “Pylos”

Pyrrha

PEER-uh

Listen to “Pyrrha”

Rhea

REE-uh

Listen to “Rhea”

Rhodia

RO-dee-uh

Listen to “Rhodia”

Sadyattes

sad-YAH-teez

Listen to “Sadyattes”

Semele

SEM-eh-lee

Listen to “Semele”

Sikyon

SIK-ee-on

Listen to “Sikyon”

Sipylus

SIP-uh-luhs

Listen to “Sipylus”

Soë

SO-ee

Listen to “Soë”

Spartoi

SPAR-toy

Listen to “Spartoi”

Stymphalos

stim-FAY-luhs

Listen to “Stymphalos

Taenarus

TEE-nuh-ruhs

Listen to “Taenarus

Tantalus

TAN-tuh-luhs

Listen to “Tantalus”

Tartarus

TAR-ta-ruhs

Listen to “Tartarus”

Tereus

TEE-roos or

 TEE-ree-oos

Listen to “Tereus”

Thebe

THEE-bee

Listen to “Thebe”

Thebes

THEEBZ

Listen to “Thebes”

Theobula

thee-OB-you-luh

Listen to “Theobula”

Thyestes

THY-ess-teez

Listen to “Thyestes”

Thyrsus

THUR-suhs

Listen to “thyrsus”

Tiresias

ty-REE-see-uhs

Listen to “Tiresias”

Tydeus

TID-ee-uhs

Listen to “Tydeus”

Vassos

VAH-sohs

Listen to “Vassos”

Zethos

ZEE-thuhs

Listen to “Zethos”

Zeus

ZOOS

Listen to “Zeus”

 

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