“An Exciting Trip to Collect Myths by Aïcha Larissa Saïd”

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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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Post by Daniel A. Nkemleke, Department of English, University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon, e-mail: nkemlekedan@yahoo.com

Pictures from Aïcha Larissa Saïd

“Antiquity Quest” Card Game by Grandpa Beck’s Games (2019)

“Antiquity Quest” is a card game for 2 to 8 players (ages 10+), created by Grandpa Beck’s Games and illustrated by Apryl Stott. The game box contains: 6 player reference boards, set of 220 cards (antiquity cards, treasure cards, character cards), score pad, and a rulebook:

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Front side of a card box [source]

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:

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Set of cards [source]
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Ancient Greece – set of cards [source]
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

See more:

  • The official website of Grandpa Beck’s Games’ website link
  • Grandpa Beck’s Games on Instagram – link
  • Apryl Stott’s official website – link 

“GODs’ School” by Gaylord Cuvillier Libessart – Episodes 1 & 2

Do you remember our post about the upcoming “GODs’ School” animation project by Gaylord Cuvillier Libessart? We wish to announce that the two first episodes of the series are already out on YouTube!

The series is beeing created with a support form the French CNC – Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée and it is inspired by “The Iliad” of Homer and “The Theogony” of Hesiod.

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:

Enjoy watching!

See more:

  • “GODs’ School” on YouTube – link
  • “GODs’ School” on Instagram- link
  • “GODs’ School” on Tumblr – link
  • “GODs’ School” on Facebook – link

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“Sapiens: Human History Card Game Multicoloured” (2019) by Londji

“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!

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Box of cards “Sapiens: Human History Card Game Multicoloured” [source]

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:

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Two sets of cards – families from the Ancient Egypt and the Ancient Rome [source]
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Full set of “Sapiens: Human History…” cards [source]

See more:

  • The official website of Londji link
  • The official website of Sebastian Serralink
  • Londji’s Instagram: @londji
  • See the animation about “Ulysses” toy created by Londji: https://vimeo.com/210416637 (he travels to Ithaca and meets the Sirens and the Cyclops on his way)

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“Grepolis” Strategic Game (2009)

“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:

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Log in page – Polish version of the game [source]
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Description of Zeus character [source]
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Council of Heroes [source]

 

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“So you think you’ve got it bad? A kid’s life in Ancient Greece & Ancient Rome” (2019)

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.

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ISBN 9781788004794. Chapter about the myths and legends, Ancient Greece edition (source)

Here you can take a look inside of the books:

1) Ancient Greece edition:

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2) Ancient Rome edition:

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The books were recently published in Polish by Wydawnictwo Wilga (in Patrycja Zarawska’s translation).


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Post prepared by Dorota Rejter (Bazylczyk).

“Antiquity – Camera – Action!” – third edition ECOLOGY

This year we have the pleasure to organize the III edition of the movie competition for school students in Poland “Antiquity – Camera – Action!”, an endeavour by the Centre for Studies on the Classical Tradition in Poland and East-Central Europe (OBTA) at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw. The competition is a part of the “Our Mythical Childhood” project.

The main topic of this year’s competition is “Ecology” in relation to the Ancient culture of Greece and Rome.

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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.

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Thomas Cole, Dream of Arcadia (1838) [source]
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Joseph-Emile Caillé, Aristaeus mourning the death of his bees (1866) [source]
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Severine Pineaux, Dryad [source - "The Eco-Friendly Dryads of Slavic Fantasy Literature" on the Antipodean Odyssey Blog]

We encourage you to watch the movies submitted to our competitions in the previous years: I edition – MYTH II edition – HISTORY and the works from a similar competition taking place at the University of Cambridge.

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Athenas statuettes for the winners of the previous editions of the competition [source]

We are looking forward to receiving the submissions for the new “Ecology” edition and we are wishing good luck to all the participants!

Follow our social media (FB, Instagram & Twitter) and the official website of the “Antiquity – Camera – Action!” competitions to stay updated!


Post written by Dorota Bazylczyk