Right, right. Myth and science were both true - simply different versions of the same reality, blah blah. I'd heard that lecture a hundred times, and I didn't want to hear it again.

Sadie Kane, in The Throne of Fire

How could it not be possible. In ancient times, this was common sense. Each country, sometimes each city, had its own pantheon of gods. We Olympians have always been used to living in close proximity to, ah...the competition.

–Apollo explaining to Thalia how different gods exist in The Dark Prophecy.

This article is written from a real world point of view.

Mythology is a collection of myths, especially one belonging to a particular religious or cultural tradition of a group of people – their collection of stories they tell to explain nature, history, and customs – or the study of such myths.[1]

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, The Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, and The Trials of Apollo all center on the presence of various mythological concepts in the modern world and the forces put in place to combat them. A recurrent theme is the emergence of a malevolent figure from mythology seeking to destroy the world, only to be defeated by modern-day heroes with the aid of their gods.

The following mythologies have appeared in Rick Riordan's works with starring roles in various series. 

Greek mythology


Zeus, the supreme god in Greek mythology

Greek mythology is the collection of myths belonging to the ancient Greeks. It is prominently featured in Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus, focusing largely on the Second Titan War and Second Giant War fought by the demigods of Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter. The Greek gods are strongly tied to a metaphysical force known as Western Civilization, residing wherever the "flame" is brightest. The current epicenter of Western Civilization is the United States of America, specifically New York City.

Egyptian mythology


Ra, the supreme god in Egyptian mythology

Egyptian mythology is the collection of myths from ancient Egypt. It is prominently featured in The Kane Chronicles, focusing largely on the War Against Apophis by the magicians of the House of Life. Many of the Egyptian gods were banished to the Duat before they were released by Julius Kane into the modern world.

Roman mythology

Statue of Jupiter

Jupiter, the supreme god in Roman mythology

Roman mythology is the collection of myths belonging to the ancient Romans. It is prominently featured in The Heroes of Olympus series. When the flame of Western Civilization shifted from Greece to Rome, many of the Greek myths were reinterpreted under Roman names, thus causing the gods to develop alternate forms and forming the basis of Roman mythology.

Norse mythology


Odin, the supreme god in Norse mythology

Norse mythology is the collection of myths belonging to the Germanic and Norwegian people. It is prominently featured in Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, focusing largely on the einherji of Hotel Valhalla preparing for Ragnarök.

Hindu Mythology

Hindu mythology is the collection of myths belonging to the Hindu people of India. It is prominently featured in the first Rick Riordan Presents book series the Pandava Quartet



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