The Gryphon's Skull

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The Gryphon's Skull
Author H. N. Turteltaub
Country United States
Language English
Series Hellenic Traders
Genre Historical novel
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 384
ISBN 0-312-87222-4
OCLC 52079813
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3570.U758 G79 2002
Preceded by Over the Wine Dark Sea
Followed by The Sacred Land

The Gryphon's Skull is a historical fiction novel written by H. N. Turteltaub. It follows the adventures of Menedemos and his cousin, Sostratos. It is the second book in the Hellenic Traders series.

Plot introduction[edit]

The book centers around the discovery of an apparent gryphon skull (in reality a skull from a dinosaur), and the efforts of Sostratos to get the skull back to scholars for study.


The novel takes place in the areas around Greece approximately fourteen years after the death of Alexander the Great. As with the first book in the series, characters and locations are given a more literal transcription of their Greek names than the more common anglicized Latinizations.