Rick Riordan’s work with the Percy Jackson book series presented young readers with a connection to Greek Mythology unparalleled to anything they had experienced before. His work, crafted as an Americanized and easily consumable form of Greek Mythology for young readers, became an integral piece of a culture fixated on ancient classics. This study examines the impact on both the immediate and long-term effects on youth culture within the United States given this newfound interest and interpretation of Greek Mythology. Both ancient works, such as Homer’s Iliad, and contemporary studies, such as Jan Bremmer’s Interpretations of Greek Mythology, are utilized to grasp an understanding of how mythology is integrated into a society’s culture and the lasting impact it may have, particularly with modern consumers. This led to the understanding that mythology may still be very pertinent to our society today, yet in a modern and revolutionized way.
Richards, Zachary W.
"The Importance of Greek Mythology and Its Impact on Youth Culture in the United States Using Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief,"
University of Massachusetts Undergraduate History Journal: Vol. 6, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.umass.edu/umuhj/vol6/iss1/6