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.








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Basileo App: An Interactive Way to Explore the Myths

Today we want to present you an application for iPad named Basileo, thanks to which the children can get some knowledge of Greek mythology

Age range: 6–8 years old.

Basileo App – the main icon of the application [source]

The application was created by Giuseppe Ferrario and Demetrio Bargellini and it was realized on platform.

The main character of the story – Basileo, is “a small upside down centaur” who wants to become a hero.



Basileo, as the main guide in the story, takes the child on a journey to ancient Greece, introducing her/him to Greek myths and important mythological figures.

Screenshot of the story [source]

Every chapter of his adventures brings a new interactive game embedded in the world of Greek Gods.

Drawing book [source]
The story can be read in four languages – English, Italian, French, or Spanish.

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Found by Dorota Bazylczyk

“The Builders: Antiquity” Card Game

“The Builders: Antiquity” [Polish: “Budowniczowie: Antyk”] is a card game published in 2015 by Asmodee (in Poland: It is dedicated for 2-4 players from 10 years old.

The game was designed by Frédéric Henry and the illustrations were made by Sabrina Miramon.

Budowniczowie: Antyk
Polish version of the game [source]

The main goal of the game is to get the largest number of victory points by constructing the ancient buildings. To start the constructions we have to buy the materials, tools, to hire the workers, craftsmen, etc.

The whole set of “The Builders: Antiquity” [source]

On the cards we will find many elements of the ancient world, including buildings and objects such as: the Colossus of Rhodes, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Tower of Babel, the Pyramids, some Ancient Temples, Theatres, Philosophy Schools, etc.

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The cards with buildings [source]
The cards with laborers, prisoners etc. [source]
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Found by Dorota Bazylczyk


“Troy. The History of the Fall of the City” by Zofia Stanecka

Zofia Stanecka’s book entitled “Troy: The History of the Fall of the City” [“Troja: Historia upadku miasta”, 2017] belongs to the “I Am Reading” series of the Egmont publishing house. It is dedicated to children who are already able to grasp the whole sentences.

The cover of the book (photo taken by Agnieszka Maciejewska)

The book not only talks about the history of Troy but also about the importance of such values as courage and love. It shows a serious problem also in the context of contemporary culture – the helplessness of the victims in facing the war.

The publication has interesting drawings, created by Piotr Fątrowicz. The large font used in the book and some selected words listed in the frames at the margins of the pages make it easy to the reader to assimilate new vocabulary.

Inside the book you can find funny stickers that can be attached to the “Diploma of Achievements” that is on the back of the book’s cover.

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Found by Agnieszka Maciejewska


“Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble” by Judy Schachner

Meet Skippyjon Jones – a Siamese cat with large ears who loves adventures!

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Skippyjon Jones [source]
The book series about this crazy little pet is wrtitten by Judy Schachner, and it has about 20 volumes already.

Few books about Skippyjon Jones [series]
In Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble” (Puffin Books, 2008) Skippito’s mom (Junebug) found him reading about “The Curse of the Cat Mummy” in “National Leographic”. She told him that he shouldn’t read such scary stories. But the kitten didn’t want to listen to her lecture – he ran into his room, locked himself in a closet and moved to… Ancient Egypt.

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The cover of the book [source]
See more:

  • Skippyjon Jones’ website:
  • Judy Schachner’s official website:
  • Skippyjon Jones Mummy Trouble webisode:
  • ImSkippyjonJones canal on YouTube:

Found by Elizabeth Hale – the founder of the Antipodean Odyssey blog about the explorations in children’s culture and Classical Antiquity.

Let’s Build the History with Playmobil!

For all the fans of the bricks! We found the Playmobile sets inspired by the Ancient History! 🙂
The series is called History and it refers to the history and culture of the Ancient Rome and the Ancient Egypt. It is intended mostly for children aged 6-12.

In Plamobile History we find many famous figures from Antiquity, like for example Roman soldiers, gladiators, Pharaoh, Caesar and Cleopatra.
Here you will find all the sets connected with Ancient Rome:

  1. 3 Roman Soldiers
  2. Roman Tribune
  3. Roman Family
  4. Roman Warriors’ Ship
  5. Roman Troop
  6. Gladiator Arena StarterSet
  7. Caesar and Cleopatra
  8. Roman Tent
  9. Roman Chariot
  10. Legionnaire with Ballista
  11. Quadriga

and here with the Ancient Egypt:

  1. 3 Egyptian Soldiers
  2. Leader of the Egyptian Soldiers
  3. Sphinx
  4. Egyptian House
  5. Nile Ship
  6. Pharaoh Treasure
  7. Egyptian Chariot
  8. Egyptian Family
  9. Pharaoh’s Pyramid
  10. Caesar and Cleopatra
  11. Tomb Raiders’ Camp
  12. Egyptian Troop with Ballista
  13. Egyptian Warrior with Camel

See more:

  • Playmobil Curse of the Pharaohs – The Movie
  • Playmobil Website:
  • Playmobil History Build Review by Australian Playmobil Fan:

Found by Dorota Bazylczyk, Karolina Kulpa, and Katarzyna Marciniak

Learn about Mythology and Hubris While Watching Netflix!

Recently, a new movie production appeared in Netflix Poland offer. It turns out that it is related to the world of mythology – are you curious how? 🙂

Before I Fall (2017)

Director: Ry Russo-Young

Age range: 13+

Genre: Drama, Romantic Drama

World premiere: January 21, 2017

The movie is based on Lauren Oliver’s novel with the same title (published in 2010). It shows the story of popular high-school student Sam, who has to re-live over and over the same day (February 12 – Cupid Day) in which she dies in a car accident.  Living in a “time-loop” every day Sam wakes up, goes to school, spends time with her cocksure friends and… dies. When she finally realizes what’s going on she is trying to avoid the car crush by changing the events.

While watching the movie, it is worth to pay attention to the details. After a deeper analysis of the film you will be able to see that every day during the same lesson at school, Sam’s teacher tells the class about… the myth of Sisyphus.

“All right, back to Sisyphus. What’s his character like? Does he learn from pushing that boulder…”
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Reminding the real meaning of the myth and its message about hubris, guilt, and punishment, you will be able to understand Sam’s fate… No more spoilers. 🙂

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Found by Dorota Bazylczyk