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: Dr. Susan Deacy, Dr. Sonya Nevin and Steve K. Simons, University of Roehampton; Dr. Elizabeth Hale and Dr. Miriam Riverlea, University of New England; Dr. 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; Magdalena Gorlińska, Dr. Elżbieta Olechowska, Dr. Hanna Paulouskaya, Dr. Karolina Kulpa, Dr. Edoardo Pecchini, Dorota Bazylczyk, Agnieszka Maciejewska, and Anna Mik from the Faculty of "Artes Liberales" UW.
Aïcha Larissa Saïd (see phot. below) from the University of Yaoundé 1 in Cameroon, one of the most valiant students in the Project, went to the villages of Awae, Ngat, Ekekelan, and Nkolesong in the Centre region of Cameroon (Nov. 29–Dec. 1, 2019), to collect myths.
She met with several people of ages from 60 to 92, who are considered as some of the most important custodians of the Beti Fang culture. Beti Fang is one of the biggest ethnic groups in Cameroon. They extend even to neighboring Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. The following are some images, indicating a live situation of myth narration, and questions from Larissa.
Larissa is planning another trip to the distant Eastern region of Cameroon for the same exercise. Also, in January 2020, she will travel to neighboring Chad, to explore the area and collect myths which we believe have never really been told to anyone. Below you can see a famous traditional instrument of the Beti-Fang:
As you can see in the photos, Larissa’s head is covered as she listens to one of the narrators. This is a specific cultural index for women from a Muslim background, who are often required to cover their heads when in the presence of men. Larissa comes from the Northern region of Cameroon, and is from a Muslim family, even though she is a practicing Christian.
Follow us to discover more on the fascinating storytelling tradition in Cameroon!
“Antiquity Quest” is a card game for 2 to 8 players (ages 10+), created by Grandpa Beck’s Games and illustrated byApryl Stott. The game box contains: 6 player reference boards, set of 220 cards (antiquity cards, treasure cards, character cards), score pad, and a rulebook:
In the game the players become “prospective” archaeologists, who are searching for the stolen artefacts from ancient civilisations, trying to collect as many collections (sets of cards) as they can. Who becomes the owner of the most precious sets of objects, wins!
The sets of cards are six different ancient civilisations. We can find there some objects related to Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. There are for example: ancient coins, an ancient vase, ancient jewellery, an ancient helmet, and the statue of Athena:
You can check the rules of the game on the Grandpa Beck’s Games’ website (link) or you can watch the short video below:
Post prepared by Dorota Rejter
The official website of Grandpa Beck’s Games’ website – link
In the first pilot episode, we get to know all the Olympic Gods and Goddesses, as well as and the mythical monsters, who start a new year in the “Mount Olympus” school. The main character of the episode is Eris who always gets in trouble:
The second episode is titled “The New Olympian” and it is dedicated to the character of Paris, who joins the school:
“Sapiens: Human History…” is a family card game created by a Spanish project Londji, with beautiful illustrations by Sebastian Serra known mainly as a children’s books illustrator. It contains 7 sets of cards showing families from different ages of history. The rules are simple – who collects all the members from one family wins!
Two families come from the ancient times – one from the Ancient Egypt, the second one from the Ancient Rome. We can see there for example the Great Sphinx of Giza, the Roman Senate, and the Senatus Populusque Romanus flag:
Full set of “Sapiens: Human History…” cards [source]
“Grepolis” is a free on-line strategic game created in 2009 by InnoGames GmbH, in which the main task is to build a city (polis), create a huge army, and finally expand your lands and conquer other islands. During the game you can operate with various materials that help you build houses, temples, and famous ancient buildings. You can also enter into alliances with the great Greek gods such as (inter alia) Zeus, Athena, and Poseidon, and mythical monsters. The game developers are constantly introducing some new boards and taking care of the game development, adding new characters and features. Below you can find some screens from the game and its trailer in English:
Today we wish like to present you our recent discovery – the book series “So you think you’ve got it bad?” by Chae Strathie (author) and Marisa Morea (illustrator), published by Nosy Crow Ltd in collaboration with the British Museum in 2019. It is recommended for the children in the age of 5-8.
In the series we can find three interesting publications related to Antiquity: about children’s life in Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and Ancient Egypt. They present the ancient culture and history to the young readers in a simple and accessible way, mainly through the fun facts and colourful illustrations. All the parts of the series are constructed in a similar way, so the children can get to know about, for example, the clothes & hairstyles, the family time, home, education, food & diet, health & medicines, myths & legends, Ancient Gods, fun and games. At the end of the books they can also find helpful glossaries.
The main topic of this year’s competition is “Ecology” in relation to the Ancient culture of Greece and Rome.
The participants should consider how they want to present the main topic in their works and what theme to choose, e.g. the myth of Arcadia, heroes of mythology working for the protection of the environment, Cleopatra praising ecological cosmetics, etc.
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: Dr. Susan Deacy, Dr. Sonya Nevin and Steve K. Simons, University of Roehampton; Dr. Elizabeth Hale and Dr. Miriam Riverlea, University of New England; Dr. 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; Magdalena Gorlińska, Dr. Elżbieta Olechowska, Dr. Hanna Paulouskaya, Dr. Karolina Kulpa, Dr. Edoardo Pecchini, Dorota Bazylczyk, Agnieszka Maciejewska, and Anna Mik from the Faculty of "Artes Liberales" UW.