Mercy in “Overwatch” Videogame by Blizzard Entertainment

Overwatch is a young adult online multi-player team based first person shooter (FPS) videogame by the American game developer company Blizzard Entertainment released in 2016.

The game may contain content inappropriate for children.

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Overwatch [source]

Set in a science-fiction and post-crisis setting, players are divided into two teams to compete to control an objective which could either be controlling an area or escorting a “payload” to the other end of the map. Among the many characters or “heroes” players can choose to play as, one of the most popular is Mercy.

Mercy belongs to the healer or “support” category. Her role is to heal her allies if they have taken damage from the enemy, or to give them a damage boost while they fight. She can also resurrect fallen teammates. Interestingly, Mercy has the characteristics of three mythological figures from three different traditions: the angel from Judeo-Christian tradition, the Valkyrie from Norse tradition, and the Greek god Hermes from ancient Greek tradition. This is depicted through her playstyle, visual appearances (“skins”) and “sprays” (small images players can stamp on surfaces in the game).

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Mercy – Original skin [source]
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Mercy – Valkyrie skin [source]
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Mercy – Winged Victory skin [source]

Mercy contains shared aspects of the three mythical characters, such as their ability to fly, heal, and resurrect. The presence of mythological themes in a post-crisis contemporary context may suggest a tendency for young adults to be attracted to mythical and classical themes in a contemporary world wrought with regional and global challenges.

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Found and written by Erica Wright, a student of Prof. Marguerite Johnson, University of Newcastle

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Back to School: 5 Interesting Mythological Activities

Looking for the traces of Classical Antiquity in children’s culture we often find many interesting ideas of hand-made activities and games connected to the world of Ancient Greece and mythology.

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Our Mythical Workshop led by Dorota Bazylczyk on 19th June at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” UW, for the pupils from Astrid Lindgren Elementary School Nr. 316, class 2a, in Warsaw.

Most of the mythological activities ideas published on Internet are publicly available – you can find them for example on educational websites, blogs, Pinterest profiles, etc. (They are usually free to use, but let’s remember that the ideas presented there are always the property of their authors).

The works we found are very original and simple – you just read the instructions written by the authors and prepare the proper materials. 

Thus, get your scissors! We present you 5 interesting mythological activities for kids recently discovered on the Internet! 🙂

1. Medusa Snake Hat [manual work]

On the website of Enchanted Homeschooling Mom you will find a great idea of how to prepare a Medusa Snake Hat. Click here and scroll down the page a bit to see it. For making the snake hat you will need some paper, glue, and tape. Good luck!

2. Pin the Eyeball on the Cyclops [great idea for the childrens’ party]

On Melissa’s Taylor Website Imagination Soup you can read about the idea of a great and simple game for children, named Pin the Eyeball on the CyclopThe game consists of attaching the paper eye to the center cyclop’s head with closed eyes. Needed materials: some paper, crayons, tape, and scarf to tie the eyes. Lots of fun guaranteed!

3. Building Mythological Star Constellations from Marshmallows [complementary learning]

The authors of KCEdventures website propose children to create mythological stellar constellations from marchmallows and toothpicks. What a great idea! You can read about it here.

4. Greek Mythology Matching Card Game & “Go Fish” [card game]

Something for the fans of card games! The author of Deceptively Educational blog prepared a colorful set of cards with the various characters of Greek mythology. You can print them for free and play them with your children them in a variety of ways. If you want to see them, click here.

5. Roman Aqueduct [experimental project]

The author of the blog Blue House School proposes to perform a small experiment that will help your child understand how Roman aqueducts worked. This play (click here to see it) is a bit more complicated than the rest of our findings, but in our opinion it can be a very interesting addition to the lessons devoted to Ancient Rome.

Found by Dorota Bazylczyk

 

“Santorini” Board Game

“Santorini” is a strategic board game designed by Gord Hamilton, published for the first time in 2004. In 2016 Roxley Games decided to republish “Santorini” in a new form and run its campaign on Kickstarter. The game went to stores in January 2017 [read more].

Game box [source]

The game is intented for 2-4 players (recommended age: 8+). The box contains: 3D play board (ocean board, island board, and the pedestal), different blocks (base, medium, and top), domes, figures of builders, and God Cards.

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Game set [source]

Before starting the game we draw a card with one God or Goddess – it will give us special abilities to use during the play. Each turn of the game consists of 2 moves: first we move our builder on the board (at the selected neighboring field), then we start constructing the building (in the field adjacent to our builder). The person whose pawn will first enter the third level of the building wins!

There is also an extension to the game, entitled “Santorini Golden Fleece”.

“Santorini Golden Fleece” [source]

See more:

  • Aaron Chatha, “Calgarian’s independent board game is already a record breaker”: http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2017/01/24/calgarian-independent-board-game-record-breaker.html
  • “Santorini” Review in “Forbes Magazine”: https://www.forbes.com/sites/andyrobertson/2017/09/18/santorini-game-beautifully-combines-strategy-world-building-and-super-powers/#2b65f62e3e5e
  • “Santorini” on BoardGameGeek: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/194655/santorini
  • “Santorini” on Roxley Game Laboratory’s Website: https://roxley.com/product/santorini-gencon/
  • “Santorini” on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/roxley/santorini-learn-it-in-30-seconds-play-it-for-life?ref=video
  • Roxley Games on Twitter: @roxleygames

Found by Dorota Bazylczyk

Olive Tree Wood Stamps with Greek Motifs

Recently we found beautiful hand-crafted stamps with Greek motifs, created by Sarah (second name unknown) – a British artist using the nickname “Ahueofduckeggblue”. Her works can bring joy to all the fans of Ancient Greece – both to children and adults. 🙂

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In Ahueofduckeggblue’s collection we can find many ancient motifs and symbols linked to Greek mythology. For example:

“Winged Sandal” (the attribute of Hermes):

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“Sacred Owl of Athens” (the attribute of Goddess Athena):

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“Poseidon’s Wrath”:

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“Fighting Centaur”:

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“Minotaur”:

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Found by Dorota Bazylczyk

 

 

 

Mythical Monsters in “I’m a Monster” Series

“I’m a Monster” (Monster Entertainment, 2010-2011) is an animation series for children at the pre-school age (4-8 years), devoted to the monsters from various parts of the world. In each episode we get to know another character who presents himself or herself to the audience [1], as, for example, Medusa:

In twelve episodes of the “I’m a Monster” series (there are 52 episodes in total) we can meet monsters associated with Classical Antiquity and Greek and Roman mythology. The main characters are: Cyclops, Mermaid, Medusa, Basilisk, Echidna, Furies, Kraken, Minotaur, Centaur, Charybdis, Sirens, and Hydra.

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Furies [source]
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Found by Dorota Bazylczyk

“Animals in the Stars” Lacing Cards

Something for today’s autumnal equinox and not only:-). It is a common knowledge that astronomy is inextricably linked to ancient mythology. We (the members of the “Our Mythical Childhood…” project) could enjoy a space odyssey in May this year, during a special session in The Heavens of Copernicus Planetarium (Copernicus Science Centre) in Warsaw, Poland (during the “Our Mythical Hope…” conference).

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Our new finding – children’s lacing activity cardsAnimals in the Stars” (authors: Dian G. Smith and Robie Rogge, Chronicle Books,  2014, age range: 3-5 years) are just related to the star constellations and to the mythological characters who are hidden in them.

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The cards contain 10 constellations with the famous “star animals”. Children learn the shapes of the constellations by lacing the shoelace through the holes on the cards.

On the reverse side of the cards there is always some basic information about the given mythological character. The laces can glow in the dark!

 

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Found by Dorota Bazylczyk

 

 

 

Back to School: TED-Ed & Antiquity

September is the month in which many children return to school after the summer holiday. 🙂 On this occasion we have prepared for you a compilation of educational videos about Mythology & Antiquity created by TED-Ed.

MYTHOLOGY

THE ODYSSEY

SCIENCE

PHILOSOPHY

HISTORY

CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

ANCIENT EGYPT

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