“Circe” by Madeline Miller

The fans of Greek Mythology can enjoy a new novel by the American writer Madeline Miller, whose retelling of Achilles’ fate (“The Song of Achilles”, 2011) has been a huge success since its publication and it won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2012:

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The new novel is entitled “Circe”. It was published on April 10, 2018, and it retells the story of the most famous enchantress of Classical Mythology:

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Here you can listen to the Author reading from her book:

Nunc est legendum!

For more information see for example:

Found by Katarzyna Marciniak

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Women in Antiquity – New Book for Children by Piotr Dobry & Łukasz Majewski

This week we want to present you another book created by Piotr Dobry & Łukasz Majewski, titled “Była sobie dziewczynka” [“There Was a Girl”]. The book was recently (March 2018) published in Poland by Wydawnictwo TadamThe official age range of the publication is 8+.

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Łukasz Majewski & Piotr Dobry [source]
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The cover of the book [source]

This time, the authors decided to talk about the life of women all over the centuries. The book has 25 chapters devoted to the fate of women and girls from different ages, cultures and countries. In the book we can read (among other matters) about the life of women in Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome (chapters from 3-5).

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Illustrations by Łukasz Majewski [source]

The last, twenty-sixth chapter of “Była sobie dziewczynka” is titled “Ty” [“You”], and its aims is to show to the young readers, that now their future should lie in their hands.

Found by Dorota Bazylczyk

Elaborated by Dorota Bazylczyk

See more:

  • About  “Była sobie dziewczynka” on Strefa Psotnikalink 
  • About  “Była sobie dziewczynka” on Zaczytana link
  • About  “Była sobie dziewczynka” on Enter the Room –  link
  • About  “Była sobie dziewczynka” on Magiczny Świat Książkilink 
  • A few sources about Women in Antiquity:
    • Richard HawleyBarbara Levick, “Women in Antiquity: New Assessments”, Routledge, 1995.
    • Stephanie Lynn BudinJean Macintosh Turfa, “Women in AntiquityReal Women across the Ancient World”, Routledge, 2016.
    • Janet H. Tulloch, “A Cultural History of Women in Antiquity”, Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

 

 

 

Growing Up with the Little Ancyclops

“Ancyklopek” (“The Little Ancyclops”) is a Polish three-book cycle (so far…) with the text by Piotr Dobry and the ilustrations by Łukasz Majewski, published in 2016 by TADAM:

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All three parts feature the Little Ancyclops and they are ajdusted to the perception of a small child (for example, the first part is in black-and-white). The authors draw on the potential of the ancient myth: for example, the readers observe the Little Ancyclops in the sandpit and they learn that the Cyclops are very talented builders.

Indeed, to confirm, it is enough to have a look at the “Cyclopean Wall” at Mycenae;-) (phot. by Athinaios at English Wikipedia):

The books are funny and simple, however, they convey a serious message of tollerance and acceptance for other beings.

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Found by Katarzyna Marciniak

 

Mythical Creatures in the World of Robin Kaplan’s Illustrations

Robin Kaplan, known as The Gorgonist, is an illustrator dealing with children’s books, games, and comics. The artist has just finished creating her first book with Penguin USA [1]. Recently, she also lent her illustration, titled “The Lonely Gorgon”, for the cover of upcoming anthology “Making Monsters”, dedicated to new literary works inspired by the ancient monsters (prepared by the Institute of Classical Studies & Futurefire.net).

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“The Lonely Gorgon” by The Gorgonist [source] Credit: The Gorgonist

On Kaplan’s website, titled “The Gorgonist – Monstrously Charming Comics & Illustration” , we can find many interesting works related to Classical Antiquity and mythology. We encourage you to have a look at them! 🙂

Here are just a few examples:

Found by Katarzyna Marciniak (debt to Twitter:) )

Elaborated by Dorota Bazylczyk

See more:

  • [1] Read more about The Gorgonistlink
  • “The Gorgonist – Monstrously Charming Comics & Illustration” Website
  • Read more about the upcoming anthology “Making Monsters”link 
  • Publication titled “Accessing the Future – A Disability-Themed Speculative Fiction Anthology” (Lulu.com, 2015) by Djibril al-Ayad & Kathryn Allan, with the cover of The Gorgonist link
  • “Stuff We Love: The Gorgonist’s monstrous, nerdy, and charming art” by Lisa Granshaw (Oct 6, 2017) – link
  • The Gorgonist‘s illustrations for children’s books – link
  • “Ushala” comic by The Gorgonistlink
  • The Gorgonist‘s Blog – link
  • The Gorgonist on Facebook – link
  • The Gorgonist on Twitter – link

 

Classical Traces in “Altered Carbon” Netflix Series

This article may contain content inappropriate for children and young adults.

Altered Carbon (age rating: +16) is a new sci-fi series produced by Netflix, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan of the same title.

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Altered Carbon TV poster [source]

The series presents a detective story set up in the dystopian future (in terms of style it is similar to “Blade Runner”). The main difference between the contemporary world and the future world shown in the series, is the invention of the ‘cortical stacks’ – storage devices that contain person’s consciousness, which may be placed into any suitable body or a ‘sleeve’:

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Altered Carbon Cortical Stack (concept art by Alex Meister, ArtStation) [source]

Altered Carbon series is highly classicised. The richest people called Meths (a reference to Biblical Methuselah – the longest-lived person in the Bible) have the means to gain immortality. The Bancroft family, leading among the Meths, stylise themselves as the Classical Gods. It is particularly visible in the style of clothes of Miriam Bancroft and the way of her husband Laurens’ behaviour. They even chose to build their house on some ‘island’ in the sky, thus they can literally be above the humans.

“(…) a lot of steps were taken to make sure the Meths look disconnected from the rest of humanity—the biggest example being the use of natural fibers, as in Altered Carbon’s world they are extremely rare and expensive. And of course, some of their outfits reflect ancient Greco-Roman gods, a purposeful nod to their godlike status.”

[Read more in the article titled “Altered Carbon‘s Costume Designer Talks About Designing Gods and Fetishizing Superheroes” by Beth Elderkin]

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Miriam Bancroft [source]
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Miriam and Laurens Bancroft [source]

Takeshi Kovacs, the protagonist, is a kind of superhero called from hibernation to investigate a murder of Laurens Bancroft. There are also other literary allusions, like for example one of the characters – Edgar Allan Poe, an owner of a hotel, and the Edgar Allan Poe hotel itself – witty and interesting as a proper Poe should be.

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Takeshi Kovacs [source]
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Edgar Allan Poe in his hotel [source] // Read more about the “Big Influences on Altered Carbon by Tim Surette
Found by Dr. Hanna Paulouskaya

Elaborated by Dorota Bazylczyk

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  • The Official Trailer of Altered Carbon:

 

Antiquity and Mathematics – Irene Venturi’s Books for Children

Irene Venturi was born in Viareggio in 1978. She received a bachelor’s degree from mathematics at the University of Pisa and the title of Doctor of Mathematics at the University of Genoa. Currently, she trains mathematic teachers, works on mathematic school manuals and writes books. [1] [2]

In her two books for children, titled “Che scoperta! Storie di idee fulminanti” (2012) [What a discovery! Stories of fulminating ideas”] and “Che problema c’è? Avventure tra i numeri” (2013) [“What’s the problem? Adventures among the numbers.”] Venturi explains the fundamental rights of mathematics and talks about important scientific discoveries.

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The cover of the book “Che problema c’è? Avventure tra i numeri” (2013, Edizioni EL)[source]
The cover of the book “Che scoperta! Storie di idee fulminanti” (2012, Edizioni EL) [source]

In the both books we can find important figures associated with the ancient world, such as (inter alia) Dido, Hiero I, Hiero II, Marcellus, Pythagoras, Archimedes, Thales of Miletus, Herodotus, Demaratos, Xerxes, Leonidas, and others.

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Archimedes [illustration by Francesca Carabelli from the Polish edition of “Che scoperta! Storie di idee fulminanti” ( “Ale odkrycie! Historie elektryzujących pomysłów”), Wrocław, 2016, wyd. Esteri]
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Pythagoras [illustration by Francesca Carabelli from the Polish edition of “Che scoperta! Storie di idee fulminanti” (“Ale okdrycie! Historie elektryzujących pomysłów”), Wrocław, 2016, wyd. Esteri]
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Spartans and Demaratos’ wax tables [illustration by Francesca Carabelli from the Polish edition of “Che scoperta! Storie di idee fulminanti” (“Ale odkrycie! Historie elektryzujących pomysłów”), Wrocław, 2016, wyd. Esteri]
All the photos  of the book were taken by the author of this post.

See more:

  • Irene Venturi’s profile on LinkedIn – [1]
  • Polish edition of “Che scoperta! Storie di idee fulminanti” [ “Ale odkrycie! Historie elektryzujących pomysłów”], 2016, Wrocław, wyd. Esteri. – [2]
  • [article in Italian] “I libri di Irene Venturi sbarcano in Albania e Corea” [in:] “Il Tirreno”, 26.09.2016 – link.
  • [book review in Polish] Irene Venturi – “Ale odkrycie! Historie elektryzujących wynalazków” (20.06.2016) – link.

Found by Dorota Bazylczyk

“Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas” (2017)

“Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas” [original title “Tadeo Jones 2: El secreto del Rey Midas] is a new Spanish animation directed by Enrique Gato.

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Movie poster [source]

This is the second part of the adventures of Tad – a construction worker, who since childhood dreams to become an archaeologist. Previously, in “Tad, the Lost Explorer” (2012), Tad had an opportunity to search for the Lost City of the Incas (see the foto below):

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Tad and Sara inTad, the Lost Explorer” (2012)  [source]

Already in the first part of Tad’s adventures, we could find some traces of the of Graeco-Roman Antiquity, like for example the name of the organization Odysseus Inc., which was the main antagonist in the movie:

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A car with the Oysseus Inc. company logo [source]

In “Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas” (2017)  however, the creators decided to build the whole story in reference to mythology:

In the movie, Tad goes to Las Vegas to visit Sara and see the exposition of her latest discoveries. It turns out that the girl found a papyrus which indicates the location of the magical necklace that belonged to the mythical King Midas. When a famous and greedy millionaire (Jack Rackham) finds out about it, he decides to steal the papyrus and kidnap Sara to force her to find the hidden secret of King Midas.

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“Luxorious Midas: Myth vs Truth” – a discovery by Sara Lavrof. [source]
Sara Lavrof with a papyrus [source]
 Interesting fact: at the beginning of the movie Tad is reading about Herodotus. 🙂

“Herodotus was considered the father of history. Cool!” [source]
Found by Dr. Karolina Kulpa, elaborated by Dorota Bazylczyk

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