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.
“The Builders: Antiquity” [Polish: “Budowniczowie: Antyk”] is a card game published in 2015 by Asmodee (in Poland: REBEL.pl). 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.
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.
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.
“The Builders: Antiquity” on BoardGameGeek: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/161226/builders-antiquity
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 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.
Meet Skippyjon Jones – a Siamese cat with large ears who loves adventures!
The book series about this crazy little pet is wrtitten by Judy Schachner, and it has about 20 volumes already.
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.
Skippyjon Jones’ website: www.skippyjonjones.com
Judy Schachner’s official website: www.judithbyronschachner.com
Skippyjon Jones Mummy Trouble webisode: https://youtu.be/zyhj48IY6E0
ImSkippyjonJones canal on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ImSkippyjonJones
Found by Elizabeth Hale – the founder of the Antipodean Odyssey blog about the explorations in children’s culture and Classical Antiquity.
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… themyth of Sisyphus.
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. 🙂
“Before I fall” – Official movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3Zyy4ZXegE
Recently we have found an innovative Polish publication, created by Aleksandra Pawlińska (author) and Wojciech Pawliński (illustrator). The book is entitled “A King, the Muses and Some Oranges: the hiddden delights of the Old Orangery” [“Król, muzy i pomarańcze, czyli co się kryje w Starej Oranżerii”] and it was published for the first time in 2015 by Dwie Siostry Publishing House.
“A King, the Muses and Some Oranges” is a creative guide designed for the youngest ones. It takes the readers on a tour to the Old Orangery (built in 1785-1788) – a magical place in the Royal Łazienki [Baths] Park in Warsaw, where we can find a lot of mythological motifs.
The book is full of interesting tasks and different activities that take the kids to the world of Ancient Greece and teach them some facts about the times of Stanisław August (the last King of Poland) and his marvellous residence.
Here are the examples:
“A King, the Muses and Some Oranges” is available in two language versions – Polish and English.
If you are planning to visit Warsaw in the near future, we recommend you to see the new exhibition in the Old Orangery (open until the 30th of November, 2017). It is entitled “Jan Bogumił Plersch. Works by the royal painter on exhibition in the Royal Łazienki”. You’ll find there two famous works of the artist: a plafond where Stanisław August is shown as Apollo and the design of a lost artefact – the curtain entitled “Muses on Mount Helicon”.
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.