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 Prof. Marguerite Johnson, University of New England; Dr. Lisa Maurice, Bar-Ilan University; Prof. Daniel A. Nkemleke and Dr. Divine Che Neba, University of Yaoundé I; Magdalena Gorlińska, Dr. Elżbieta Olechowska, Dr. Hanna Paulouskaya, Dr. Karolina Kulpa, Dorota Bazylczyk, and Anna Mik from the Faculty of "Artes Liberales" UW.
“Wielkie eksperymenty…” is a book about the great experiments from our history, not only those important for chemistry, physics etc., but also psychology. Each chapter contains a historical information about the scientist and the experiment itself and a guide how to prepare similar experiments at home, step by step. The first chapter is dedicated to Archimedes, who c. 265 BC in Syracuse shouted “Eureka!” (“Εὕρηκα!”) when taking a bath and came up with an idea which later was called after his name an Archimedes’ principle!
The text is written in a humorist manner and the illustrations by Joanna Rzezak make it even more funny (especially the naked author in a modern bathtub). Though all the informations are specific (i.a. there were no “scientists” in the Antiquity, they all were called “philosophers” etc.).
About „Wielkie eksperymenty dla małych ludzi” (in Polish) – link
The official website of Agora publishing house – link
The official website of Wojciech Mikołuszko (in Polish) – link
The official website of Joanna Rzezak (in English) – link
Found by Krzysztof Rybak
All the photos of the book were made by the author of this post.
“Reformator Marcin Luter” (“The Reformator Martin Luther”) is a graphic novel written by Michał Rzecznik and illustrated by Piotr Nowackipublished by Wydawnictwo Widnokrąg on 31st October 2017, precisely 500th years after Luther nailed his theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg.
“Reformator” is a funny, biographical story about Luther, who as a storyteller explains everyday life in the times between the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and how he came with the idea of the Reformation of the Church and so on. The story finishes in the modern times, as Luther presents numbers considering the protestant churches etc. Each second page is a set of illustrations, the others contain descriptions of the important terms, objects, and people, such as Schwabacher, “The Autumn of the Middle Ages” (by Johan Huizinga), simony, or Jan Hus.
One of the illustrations presents Luther’s visit to Rome, another one is the mythological she-wolf with two boys, Romulus and Remus:
About “Reformator Marcin Luter” (in Polish) – link
The official website of Widnokrąg publishing house (in Polish) – link
A current and famous example for a messianic Poseidon-figure is the hero of Aquaman in the Marvel-movieJustice League (USA, Snyder 2017), in which Poseidon is shown as a superhero.
In the plot, he is a king who rules over the sunken empire of Atlantis, and he also has a five times jagged trident, with which he is able to cause big waves to fight against tyrannical enemies like the Parademons. Furthermore, he is a very fast swimmer and can talk to fish and other animals that live in the sea.
As far as his iconography is concerned, he looks like the Poseidon statues of fountains of the Renaissance: He has a beard, long and curly hair, and an athletic body. By having bright sea-blue eyes, blond-brown hair, tanned skin, and fish-scale-tattoos all over his strong body, he is also modernized and hybridised with a handsome surfer boy.
If you wish to get to know the power of Aquaman-Poseidon, you can watch this stranger, raising from the sea:
Found by Dr. Michael Stierstorfer from the University of Regensburg.
Mythical Realms® is one of the collection of toys created by Safari Ltd®. The pieces from the collection depict various figures and monsters from the world of mythology, like for example Poseidon, Minotaur, Chimera.
The age category of the collection is 3+, however, the figurines may contain small parts that may constitute a choking hazard.
The great advantage of the Mythical Realms® are the fine-tuned details of the figurines that makes them look very realistic. All the characters have interesting descriptions on the manufacturer’s website.
Outside the collection, Safari Ltd® offers the Mythical Realms® TOOB® with 8 small figures from Greek mythology, containing Chimera, Griffin, Phoenix, Unicorn, Sea Dragon, the Minotaur, Poseidon and a Mermaid.
„Pszczoły” is a big format book, similar to the world-famous„Mapy” by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielińscy from 2012 (also published by Wydawnictwo Dwie Siostry). Each spread is dedicated to another topic concerning bees: their biology, production of honey, human-bees relations during history, modern beekeeping etc. Among them ancient Egypt, Greek mythology, and ancient history (Alexander the Great and Poppaea Sabina, the second wife of the emperor Nero) are also present.
Also there are two newspaper-like spreads, containing briefly described facts: on one of them the Aristotle is mentioned, the other – Virgil’s “Georgics”. Besides ancient historians and writers such as Strabo and Pliny the Elder are mentioned.
An interview with Agnes Monod-Gayraud, a translator of „Pszczoły” (in English):
English: 1) Piotr Socha, “The Book of Bees”, trans. Agnes Monod-Gayraud, London: Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2016 (UK), 2_ Piotr Socha,”Bees: a honeyed history”, trans. Agnes Monod-Gayraud, New York: ABRAMS Books for Young Readers, 2017 (USA).
Finnish: Piotr Socha, “Mehiläinen”, trans. Päivi Paloposki, Helsinki: Nemo, 2016.
French: Piotr Socha,”Abeilles”, trans. Lydia Waleryszak, Paris: De La Martinière jeunesse, 2016.
German: Piotr Socha, “Bienen”, trans. Thomas Weiler, Hildesheim: Garstenberg, 2016.
Italian: Piotr Socha, “Il regno delle api”, trans. Valentina Parisi, Milano: Electakids, 2016.
Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński are the creators of books for children, illustrations, fonts, applications, and websites. They run their own desing studio – Hipopotam Studio.
Their “MAPS: A Journey around the World in Pictures” (Polish: “Mapy: obrazkowa podróż po lądach, morzach i kulturach świata”, created by Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński), containing 51 pictorial maps for children, became an international bestseller.
The book was published for the first time in 2012 in Poland, by Wydawnictwo Dwie Siostry. Then, it has been translated into many different languages and was published in (approximately) 25 countries. The publication won prestigious awards, among others Prix Sorcières(2013) and Premio Andersen (2013), and was found on the list of “the six most interesting and most beautiful illustrated children’s books, released in 2013” by “New York Times” (read more).
In the book we find many traces of Graeco-Roman Antiquity – they are located on the maps of Italy and Greece. We see there some important characters (among others): Julius Caesar, Homer, and Pythagoras, as well as mythical creatures (Siren, Centaur) and the most important monuments.
The photos of the maps were taken by the author of this post.
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 Prof. Marguerite Johnson, University of New England; Dr. Lisa Maurice, Bar-Ilan University; Prof. Daniel A. Nkemleke and Dr. Divine Che Neba, University of Yaoundé I; Magdalena Gorlińska, Dr. Elżbieta Olechowska, Dr. Hanna Paulouskaya, Dr. Karolina Kulpa, Dorota Bazylczyk, and Anna Mik from the Faculty of "Artes Liberales" UW.