Ancient Gestures in “Rock the Beat” Game

“Rock the Beat” game (PL: “Palce w pralce”) consists of clapping hands to the rhythm of the famous Queen song “We Will Rock You” and showing different gestures. The gestures are presented on the cards which are distributed to the players at the different stages of the game session.

We can find a variety of gesture cards in many different editions of the game. In the Polish version we encounter a card which presents Diogenes in a barrel – in the English one we find an Egyptian gesture card. Do you know any other examples of Antiquity-related gestures in this game? If so please share it with us!


The first photo was made by the author of this post, the second photo comes from the Board Game Geek Website:

Found by Dorota Bazylczyk



The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes

A new “ancient” novel by the author of “The Amber Fury”:

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May the 4th Be with You!

Greek sculptures combined with Star Wars characters – artworks by Travis Durden.


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Fireman Sam and His “Mythical” Vehicles

Fireman Sam – the hero from a children animation – employs many vehicles that bear names of the ancient gods: Jupiter, Juno, Mercury, Neptune, etc. While these names may also refer to the planets, the inflatable rescue boat Neptune is surely under the protection of the Roman god of the sea.


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Found by Eleni Kechagia-Ovseiko, Nuffield College, Oxford

Basilisk in the Multimedia Fountains Park in Warsaw

Basilisk, a legendary creature whose lair was at the Old Town in Warsaw, will appear in this year’s Multimedia Fountains Park Show.

Come and see for yourselves, if you dare a meeting eye to eye with the Basilisk!

Phot. (left) from and (right) by Adrian Grycuk – Praca własna, CC BY-SA 3.0 pl,

Found by Katarzyna Marciniak

Calvin the Bookworm Birdie and Archimedes

Remember Archimedes! He can save your life… and image;-). For more see the book by Jeniffer Berne (text), Keith Bendis (ill.), Calvin, Look Out! A Bookworm Birdie Gets Glasses, 2014


Polish edition: Kajtek, uważaj! Mały miłośnik książek zakłada okulary, trans. Janusz Kokoszewski, Dorota Koman (Warsaw 2017). Phot. from the blog:

Found by Katarzyna Marciniak

Colour Your Own Medusa


Mythical creatures in the colour-book Mythomorphia by Kerby Rosanes, published April 11, 2017:

Found by Katarzyna Marciniak

References to Antiquity in “Rory’s Story Cubes: Mythic”

This set of cubes is an extension to the game “Rory’s Story Cubes”, which consists on storytelling.



Found by Dorota Bazylczyk

First blog post

This is our very first post. We started this blog to gather the traces of Classical Antiquity in the world around us. Greeks and Romans gods, heroes, and creatures from ancient myths, as well as characters from ancient history live in literature, painting, architecture, but also in movies, music, comic books, advertising, and in other spheres of popular culture. Everyday we come across some interesting examples of the reception of the Classics. Let’s observe them together, discovering a new life of the stories from our mythical childhood!