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Our Mythical Childhood Survey is an electronic tool within the project Our Mythical Childhood... The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges supported by the European Research Council Consolidator Grant (2016–2021). We study the reception of Classical Antiquity as a cultural experience – a mirror of transformations across the world and the key to understand their trajectories.

This electronic tool is a particularly beneficial method for presenting and preserving the results of our international quest after the references to Classical Antiquity. A pilot edition of the database in regard to Polish literature is available both as paperback and as eBook (Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity. A Catalogue, see www.al.uw.edu.pl/omc_catalogue, supported by the Loeb Classical Library Foundation Grant 2012–2013; later, we continued our research on the reception with the support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 2014–2017). Each record of Our Mythical Childhood Survey provides bibliographical data, bios of the creators, a summary and an analysis of the work, a list of classical tags and general motifs regarding youth culture.

Our Mythical Team is composed of scholars and collaborators from five institutions:

  • Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw (Host Institution), Poland: Prof. Katarzyna Marciniak (Principal Investigator), Dr. Elżbieta Olechowska (Database Management), Magdalena Gorlińska (Project Officer), Dr. Karolina Kulpa, Dr. Hanna Paulouskaya, Dorota Bazylczyk, Agnieszka Maciejewska, Anna Mik;
  • Department of Classical Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Israel: Dr. Lisa Maurice and Dr. Ayelet Peer;
  • School of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education, University of New England, Australia: Dr. Elizabeth Hale, Dr. Miriam Riverlea;
  • Department of Humanities, University of Roehampton, UK: Prof. Susan Deacy, Dr. Sonya Nevin, Steve K. Simons;
  • Departement of English, University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon: Prof. Daniel Ategwa Nkemleke, Dr. Divine Che Neba, Dr. Eleanor Dasi;

The project design was prepared by KABE Studio, the database engine and administration is performed by Rafał Łempicki.

The authors of the entries are scholars from our team and from many parts of the world: each entry bears the name(s) of its author(s) (we will compile their list after we gather more materials). A significant aspect of our work consists of inviting students to contribute under the mentorship of our team. Moreover, we encourage all interested recipients of culture to share with us their remarks or report mistakes. At this point, we wish to state that this is only the beginning of our work. We apply a Double Peer-Review Procedure as far as the content is concerned, however, many elements (e.g. editorial fine-tuning) still require additional effort at later stages. However, our aim is to share the research results as soon as possible, to inspire other scholars, to stimulate cultural exchange, to popularize Classical Antiquity and local works of culture of otherwise limited reach, and – last but not least – to encourage translators’, editors’, educators’, and readers’ choices.

We hope that the Survey, gradually published online (in English as today’s lingua franca), provides an increasingly amazing and sophisticated map of classical allusion and reference along with valuable new insights into ways in which reception, tradition, and intertextuality mingle and function together.

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This Project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 681202, Our Mythical Childhood... The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges, ERC Consolidator Grant (2016–2021), led by Prof. Katarzyna Marciniak, Faculty of "Artes Liberales" of the University of Warsaw.

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