Hercules the Hero: Understanding the Myth
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Apollodorus. The Library of Greek Mythology. translated by Robin Hard. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1997. A compilation of the early Greek myths from about the first or second century B.C. It one of the earliest records of the stories.
Graves, Robert. The Greek Myths. in two volumes. New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1955. A major reference work as it examines Greek mythology as it has been interpreted by the various scholars and poets throughout the ages.
Zimmerman, J. E. Dictionary of Classical Mythology. New York: Bantam Books, 1964. A handy reference giving a brief explanation of the characters and events in Greek and Roman mythology.