Blog for the international research project "Our Mythical Childhood… The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges", financed by the ERC Consolidator Grant led by Prof. Katarzyna Marciniak, Faculty of "Artes Liberales" of the University of Warsaw. Team members: Prof. Susan Deacy and Steve K. Simons, University of Roehampton; Prof. Elizabeth Hale and Dr Miriam Riverlea, University of New England; Prof. Lisa Maurice and Dr Ayelet Peer, Bar-Ilan University; Prof. Daniel A. Nkemleke, Dr Divine Che Neba and Dr Eleanor A. Dasi, University of Yaoundé I; Dr Elżbieta Olechowska, Dr Hanna Paulouskaya, Dr Sonya Nevin, Dott. Edoardo Pecchini, Marta Pszczolińska, Angelina Gerus and the Project Officers: Magdalena Andersen, Maria Makarewicz, and Olga Strycharczyk from the Faculty of "Artes Liberales" UW.
Recently we found beautiful hand-crafted stamps with Greek motifs, created by Sarah (second name unknown) – a British artist using the nickname “Ahueofduckeggblue”.Her works can bring joy to all the fans of Ancient Greece – both to children and adults. 🙂
In Ahueofduckeggblue’s collection we can find many ancient motifs and symbols linked to Greek mythology. For example:
“Winged Sandal” (the attribute of Hermes):
“Sacred Owl of Athens” (the attribute of Goddess Athena):
“I’m a Monster”(Monster Entertainment, 2010-2011) is an animation series for children at the pre-school age (4-8 years), devoted to the monsters from various parts of the world. In each episode we get to know another character who presents himself or herself to the audience , as, for example, Medusa:
In twelve episodes of the “I’m a Monster” series (there are 52 episodes in total) we can meet monsters associated with Classical Antiquity and Greek and Roman mythology. The main characters are: Cyclops, Mermaid, Medusa, Basilisk, Echidna, Furies, Kraken, Minotaur, Centaur, Charybdis, Sirens, and Hydra.
Something for today’s autumnal equinox and not only:-). It is a common knowledge that astronomy is inextricably linked to ancient mythology. We (the members of the “Our Mythical Childhood…” project) could enjoy a space odyssey in May this year, during a special session in The Heavens of Copernicus Planetarium (Copernicus Science Centre) in Warsaw, Poland (during the “Our Mythical Hope…” conference).
Our new finding – children’s lacing activity cards “Animals in the Stars” (authors: Dian G. Smith and Robie Rogge, Chronicle Books, 2014, age range: 3-5 years) are just related to the star constellations and to the mythological characters who are hidden in them.
The cards contain 10 constellations with the famous “star animals”. Children learn the shapes of the constellations by lacing the shoelace through the holes on the cards.
On the reverse side of the cards there is always some basic information about the given mythological character. The laces can glow in the dark!
September is the month in which many children return to school after the summer holiday. 🙂 On this occasion we have prepared for you a compilation of educational videos about Mythology & Antiquity created by TED-Ed.
“The Builders: Antiquity” [Polish: “Budowniczowie: Antyk”] is a card game published in 2015 by Asmodee (in Poland: REBEL.pl). It is dedicated for 2-4 players from 10 years old.
The game was designed by Frédéric Henry and the illustrations were made by Sabrina Miramon.
The main goal of the game is to get the largest number of victory points by constructing the ancient buildings. To start the constructions we have to buy the materials, tools, to hire the workers, craftsmen, etc.
On the cards we will find many elements of the ancient world, including buildings and objects such as: the Colossus of Rhodes, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Tower of Babel, the Pyramids, some Ancient Temples, Theatres, Philosophy Schools, etc.
“The Builders: Antiquity” on BoardGameGeek: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/161226/builders-antiquity
Zofia Stanecka’s book entitled “Troy: The History of the Fall of the City”[“Troja: Historia upadku miasta”, 2017] belongs to the “I Am Reading” series of the Egmont publishing house. It is dedicated to children who are already able to grasp the whole sentences.
The book not only talks about the history of Troy but also about the importance of such values as courage and love. It shows a serious problem also in the context of contemporary culture – the helplessness of the victims in facing the war.
The publication has interesting drawings, created by Piotr Fątrowicz. The large font used in the book and some selected words listed in the frames at the margins of the pages make it easy to the reader to assimilate new vocabulary.
Inside the book you can find funny stickers that can be attached to the “Diploma of Achievements” that is on the back of the book’s cover.