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Alice Werner

The Were-Wolf Husband

There was a girl, who, after attaining maturity, rejected all the suitors that came for her hand in marriage. This girl’s wish was to have a perfect husband. Her parents, who did not want to have a commoner for a son-in-law, supported her decision. One day, a sword dance was organized in the girl’s village, and young men came from far and near to take part in the dance. Amongst them was a tall and handsome young man who was the centre of attention for every young girl. He wore (...)

african Other Traditions

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Sònia González [La Cuchu] , Jaime Moreno Delgado

100 Myths. Gods, Heroes and Legendary Creatures [100 Mitos. Dioses, Héroes y Criaturas Legendarias]

100 Mitos is a compilation of 100 classical myths and legends for children. The book is divided into three parts called Gods and Titans (Dioses y titanes), Heroes, Demi-gods and Humans (Héroes, semidioses y humanos), and Legendary Creatures (Criaturas legendarias). In Dioses y Titanes, the stories included relate to the following characters, places and events: Aphrodite (Afrodita); Apollo (Apolo), Ares; Artemis (Ártemis); Asclepius (Asclepio); Athena (Atenea); Atlas; Charon (C(...)

literary

YEAR: 2019

COUNTRY: Spain


Jetdogs Studios , Zoom Out Games

12 Labours of Hercules

The first 12 labours of Hercules game begins by introducing the main characters, Hercules and Megara, who live happily together with their servants. However, Hades abducts Megara, causing Hercules to set out to search for and rescue her. With the help of characters such as Medusa, Cerberus and Chiron, whom he rescues along the way, he fights the Hydra, saves Prometheus from his golden chains and rescues Megara from the Underworld.The second game begins in Thebes with Hercules having the idea of (...)

electronic

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Online


Stanley Kubrick

2001: A Space Odyssey

“2001: A Space Odyssey” is an epic sci-fi film produced by Stanley Kubrick in 1968, which became a milestone in the development of fiction movies and world cinematography. The producer, inspired by the Homer’s epic “The Odyssey”, gave the film its name. Kubrick said: “It occurred to us that for the Greeks the vast stretches of the sea must have had the same sort of mystery and remoteness that space has for our generation”. The plot of the film concerns f(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1968

COUNTRY: United States


Lewis Helfand , Lalit Kumar Singh

400 BC. The Story of the Ten Thousand

400 is a graphic novel retelling of the March of the Ten Thousand, a historical event which took place at the beginning of the fourth century BCE. Greek mercenaries found themselves stranded in what is now Iraq after the failure of a coup by Cyrus the Younger who was attempting to seize the Persian throne. The event is known to history largely because of the thorough account written by a participant in the events, the philosopher-historian Xenophon. His Anabasis, or journey up country, was writt(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: India


Margaret Evans Price

A Child's Book of Myths and Enchantment Tales

This is a collection of Greek myths for children. It is a 1986 compilation of Price's 1924 A Child's Book of Myths and 1926 Enchantment Tales for Children. The text is illustrated throughout with Price's large, colourful drawings. The stories generally stick closely to Ovid's versions of myths. An Index of characters at the end provides further context on the characters in the stories.Featured Stories:Prometheus and the Fire of the Gods,Pandora's Box,Hercules,Apollo and Diana(...)

literary

YEAR: 1924

COUNTRY: United States of America


Heather Alexander , Meredith Hamilton

A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology

The book is divided into an introductory section of character profiles and short stories – ‘Who’s Who and What’s What’, taking up almost half the book, and a second section of full-length mythology retellings. Who’s Who and What’s WhatIntroduction – Why Greek mythology is still being told; why we have different versions; the story of Cronus and Uranus; the war between the Titans and Olympians; a chart showing Titan marriage pairings.Titan Chil(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States


Victor Ambrus , Hugh Marshall , Rosemary Sutcliff

A Circlet of Oak Leaves

One evening at a tavern in Isca Silurium (Caerleon), sometime in the mid-second century CE, a group of cavalry auxiliaries and Roman legionaries get into to a debate over who has the most important role during a battle. As the conversation turns to a battle with the Picts beyond the Antonine Wall a decade before, at which point the Thracian horse-trader Aracos steps in and mentions that he fought in the battle as part of the Dacian Horse. When one of his fellow patrons notes that one of the Daci(...)

literary

YEAR: 1965

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Victor Ambrus , Hugh Marshall , Rosemary Sutcliff

A Circlet of Oak Leaves

United Kingdom 1965

literary


Sarah Janet Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, 2)

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) is book two of a high fantasy series in which each book takes inspiration from well-known myths or fairytales, with book two being described by the author as influenced by the myth of Hades and Persephone. The novel is published as New Adult in America, a category that explores similar themes to Young Adult, but often with more explicit sexual themes and violence. This impacts the retelling by centring the protagonist’s attraction t(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States


Monika Rekowska

A Day in the Museum, or Caius Probinus’ Tale about Life in Ancient Rome [Dzień w muzeum, czyli opowieść Caiusa Probinusa o życiu w starożytnym Rzymie]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp.School children visit Park Arkadia in Nieborów. It is a historic, English style garden, with numerous themes recalling ancient architecture. A new guide, Monika, is a young archaeologist fascinated by the ancient world, es(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: Poland


Ivan Aksenchuk

A Great Relay [Большая эстафета (Bol’shaia ėstafeta)]

The film presents the history of the Olympic Games as bringing peace to the nations. The animation starts with a story of a nice woman being kidnapped by a handsome Greek soldier. Helen (it is apparently she) agrees with kidnapping after a while and takes her belongings with her.There is a pursuit across the sea, and the couple hides behind a city wall. A great war starts. We see also the Olympic gods watching the war. Some of them want to participate in it, but Zeus asks Apollo to pla(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1979

COUNTRY: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics


Cornelia Funke

A Griffin’s Feather [Drachenreiter: Die Feder eines Greifs] (Dragon Rider, 2)

Die Feder eines Greifs is the sequel to Drachenreiter / Dragon Rider (1997, Engl. transl. 2004). The main character of the novel is 14-year-old Ben who was also the protagonist of Dragon Rider. In the first book, he was rescued by the dragon Lung / Firedrake as an orphan in London and became his dragon rider. Now Ben has been adopted by the Wiesengrund / Greenbloom family and is living with them in Norway, where they run a sanctuary for mythical (and non-mythical) creatures, MÍMAMEID(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Germany


Halina Rudnicka

A Hero Bound [Heros w okowach] (Spartan Trilogy [Trylogia spartańska/Trylogia antyczna], 3)

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp., section by Joanna Grzeszczuk, p. 322.A Hero Bound is the last book of Halina Rudnicka’s trilogy about ancient Sparta. The Spartan king Cleomenes, after being defeated by the Achaean League, flees to the court of Ptolemy E(...)

literary

YEAR: 1969

COUNTRY: Poland


Henry Lion Oldie [Dmitry Gromov and Oleg Ladyzhensky]

A Hero Must Be Alone [Герой должен быть один (Geroi dolzhen byt' odin)]

This is a heroic fantasy fiction based on the myth of Hercules, aimed at young adults, in novel format. The plot of the original myth is thoroughly transformed in order to emphasize topics and motives relevant to contemporary youth culture. At the beginning of the book, we learn that Zeus has a special plan for his newly-conceived child from Alcmene and that this plan is a matter of serious disagreement in the family of gods (or “the Family”, as it is called throughout whole Ach(...)

literary

YEAR: 1996

COUNTRY: Russia


Alison Forbes , Neville Smith

A Horse with Wings

“A Horse with Wings” tells of how a young boy named Charles wants a pony, but when he kicks his football through the window on the back verandah, he saves his parents the trouble of punishing him by putting himself to bed without any supper. As he drifts off to sleep, a winged horse visits him, Pegasus, who assumes the authoritative voice of an adult, advising that “People do not believe the stories about the ancient Greek gods nowadays, which is rather a shame, because many of(...)

literary

YEAR: 1955

COUNTRY: Australia


Alison Forbes , Neville Smith

A Horse with Wings

Australia 1955

literary


Wojciech Mohort-Kopaczyński

A Long Time Ago in Hellas. Selection of Greek Myths for Children [Dawno temu w Helladzie. Mity greckie w wyborze dla dzieci]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp., section by Maria Kruhlak, p. 215.A collection of the best known Greek myths developed and adapted for children. It introduces the world of myths for children who are encountering mythological stories for the first time. In this(...)

literary

YEAR: 2000

COUNTRY: Poland


Kiazpora Book Series

A Messob Gift to Lula’s Friend

Lula decides to offer a messob* to her friend as a gift in honor of their friendship. She asks her mother if it is a good idea and her mother agrees. She looks at the messob basket made by her mother and is very excited. Lula knows how to bake and also how to make traditional baskets and she takes some weaving tools from her mother’s kit box for that. The next day Lula looks for palms and straw to weave the traditional basket and her mother permits her to use some of the straw she had kept(...)

african Other Traditions

COUNTRY: United States of America


Werewere Liking

A New Earth. African Ritual Theatre [Une Nouvelle Terre. Théâtre-Rituel]

The entry is based on the English translation of the play by Siga Asanga, Jeanne N. Dingome, Innocent Futcha and Nalova P. Lyonga under the title: African Ritual Theatre. The Power of Um and A New Earth, San Francisco: International Scholars Publication, 1996, 61–89. This play is a sequel to the 1979 version of the same title, reviewed in this database.It is a play written in three movements. The first movement opens in an imaginary village with a man, Nguimbus, arguing with his wife,(...)

african Other Traditions

COUNTRY: Ivory Coast


Franciszek Kobryńczuk

A Poem about King Picus [Poemat o królu Pikusie]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue (accessed: June 11, 2021), Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp.Picus, son of Saturn, the first king of Latium, is very rich and likes to hunt. In a forest, he meets a nymph called Canens. They fall in love and marry. Later, the witch Circe watches Picus and falls in(...)

literary

YEAR: 1994

COUNTRY: Poland


Alison Hawes

A Roman Soldier Handbook

This handbook contains information and facts about Roman legionary life, from food to paychecks and to their everyday life in the Roman army. The text is accompanied by photos and illustrations.The book also offers a short glossary and further reading, listing websites, books and places you can visit and learn about the Roman army in the UK, such as Vindolanda.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Alison Hawes

A Roman Soldier Handbook

United Kingdom 2009

literary


Ngwa J. Neba

A Royal Turmoil

The novel begins with the Fon* startled by the noise that has awakened him from sleep: lightning, thunder and then a storm; things that are unusual in the dry season. Before this happens, he had a dream in which three of his wives (queens) left his presence and excrete on the path leading up to their houses. In the same dream, he saw the sacred tree of the village in flames and a voice from nowhere telling him to “cleanse the village”. All these led the Fon to the conclusion that all(...)

african Other Traditions

COUNTRY: Cameroon


Brett Helquist , Lemony Snicket [pen name of Daniel Handler]

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Series, Books 1–13)

This series of thirteen 13-chaptered novels follows the "unfortunate events" which befall Violet, Klaus and baby Sunny Baudelaire after the death of their parents in a fire in the family home. On becoming orphans, the siblings are placed in the custody of their uncle, Count Olaf, who, from the first book onwards tries various – and typically murderous – ways, to acquire their huge fortune. Olaf is aided throughout by his accomplices in V.F.S., a mysterious organisation to w(...)

literary

YEAR: 1999

COUNTRY: United States of America


Cynthia Voigt

A Solitary Blue (Tillerman Cycle, 3)

A Solitary Blue tells the story of Jeff Greene, a character first introduced in Dicey’s Song (1982). When Jeff is seven, his mother Melody abandons him, purportedly to devote herself to helping others. Meanwhile Jeff’s father, an academic known as the Professor, is distant and seemingly uncaring. From an early age Jeff is accustomed to feeding both himself and his father, experiencing extreme anxiety lest his father become unhappy. Jeff becomes ill as a result of being negl(...)

literary

YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: United States


Cynthia Voigt

A Solitary Blue (Tillerman Cycle, 3)

United States 1983

literary


David Almond

A Song for Ella Grey

A Song For Ella Grey is a non-linear retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice set in contemporary Newcastle, from the point of view of Claire, Ella’s best friend and lover. Claire disapproves of Ella’s relationship with Orpheus, and is gradually left behind by Ella to witness their love and subsequent deaths. Claire and Ella are seventeen, and Orpheus is described as looking in his early twenties, though it is hinted that he may be much older.Part 1 – Present DayClaire is in love with(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


David Almond

A Song for Ella Grey

United Kingdom 2014

literary


Robert Sutherland Rattray , Maalam Shaihu

A Story about Three Youths All Skilled in Certain Things, and How They Used That Skill to Circumvent a Difficulty

Three young men (known as the king of wrestlers, the king of prayer and the king of archers) went to a neighbouring village with young girls. On their way, they came across a stream, where the water was so shallow that it barely reached their ankles. They crossed with ease, arrived where the girls were, greeted them and carried off one each. On their way back, they found that the waters of the stream had risen, and it had become so deep that they could not get into it. Since none of them could s(...)

african Other Traditions

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Robert Sutherland Rattray , Maalam Shaihu

A Story about a Giant, and the Cause of Thunder

A long time ago, there lived a man and his wife. He called himself “A-Man–among-Men” (henceforth referred to here as “the pretender”) and was very confident of his strength. One day, his wife went out to draw water from a well but returned with an empty pot because the well was too deep. On her way back, she met a strange woman and her son, who were also on their way to the well. They happened to be family members of the real “A-Man-among-Men” (hencefort(...)

african Other Traditions

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Robert Sutherland Rattray , Maalam Shaihu

A Story about a Maiden and the Pumpkin

There was once a rich man called Alabarma, whose wife, Watapansa gave birth to a girl called Furaira; the man decided that he did not wish to raise a hand to her. One day Watapansa took Furaira to the bush to relieve herself. There, the child saw a pumpkin and asked her mother to harvest it for her to play with. Her mother refused because it was the sole pumpkin in the patch, and she did not want to disturb it. This made Furaira cry all the way home. Once there, the father asked the cause (...)

african Other Traditions

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Robert Sutherland Rattray , Maalam Shaihu

A Story about an Orphan Which Was the Origin of the Saying “The Orphan with a Coat of Skin is Hated, but When It Is a Metal One He Is Honoured”

There was a man who died and left two sons and their mothers, his wives. Time passed, and one of the mothers fell sick. No matter the quantity and quality of medicine that she took, there was no amelioration. Realizing that she would die, she swore in the name of God and told the other woman that she was leaving her son for her to take care of. The other woman (i.e. co-wife) accepted this agreement. One day, she died, and when the funeral was over, her son started rearing fowls with his half-bro(...)

african Other Traditions

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Irena Parandowska

A Tale about Icarus and Daedalus [Opowieść o Ikarze i Dedalu]

A previous version of the entry was published in: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 270–272.In ancient times, before the invention of railway and air travel, there lived a man in Athens who may be considered the first aviator in history. His name was Daedalus, and he was th(...)

literary

YEAR: 1981

COUNTRY: Poland


Annie Sullivan

A Touch of Gold

Kora is the daughter of King Midas. When Dionysus grants him the golden touch, Midas inadvertently turns her, aged seven, into a golden statue. After begging the deceitful god to reverse the power, the king submerges himself and his daughter in the nearby river, but while celebrating Kora’s return to human form, Midas forgets to adhere to the terms of Dionysus’ bargain – that all the items he turned to gold must be washed in the river before sunset. Twelve objects are forgotten(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United States of America


Annie Sullivan

A Touch of Gold

United States of America 2018

literary


Christelle Dabos

A Winter’s Promise [Les Fiancés de l’hiver] (The Mirror Visitor Quartet [La Passe-Miroir], 1)

When a cataclysm, known as the ‘Rupture’, destroyed the old world many generations ago, powerful ancestors known as ‘Family Spirits’ were entrusted with individual lands suspended in the sky, known as Arks. These Arks are governed by each Family Spirit and inhabited by their descendants who have been endowed with certain powers. On the Ark of Anima, a family-based, and pleasant Ark, the reigning Family Spirit is Artemis, the Mistress of Objects. Her ancestors are endowed (...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: France


Nathaniel Hawthorne

A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys

First published in 1851, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys holds a significant place in the reception of classical myth as one of the first retellings written in English specifically for children (Charles Lamb’s Adventures of Ulysses, published in 1808, is an important predecessor, and Charles Kinglsey’s The Heroes, or, Greek Fairy Tales for My Children, was published five years later in 1856).  Prior to this, mythic stories predominantly featured in t(...)

literary

YEAR: 1852

COUNTRY: United States


Joël Ebouémé Bognomo

A Wonderful Grandmother [Une Merveilleuse Grand-Mère]

Nondo is a ten-year-old orphan who has been adopted by his grandmother Balacia. She treats him like a baby and insists on bathing him. They are always together, and she always finds something to occupy them like peeling vegetables and deshelling groundnuts. When the weather is bright, they go to the farm across the river. Nondo is very afraid each time they cross the river because his parents got drowned in it. This river is situated in the heart of the Bambua village and legend has it that a cr(...)

african Other Traditions

COUNTRY: Cameroon


Juliet Rix , Juliet Snape

A-Maze-Ing Minotaur

This picture book retells the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. Its retelling is unusual in that the text is framed on each left page, with a split-level illustration spreading across each pair of pages. In the top illustration (usually taking up two-thirds of the image) is the story of King Minos and his action; the lower illustration (one-third) reveals the Minotaur, lurking below. The style of the illustration is influenced by Minoan art, with bright colours, clothing, and wall-decorations, (...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Juliet Rix , Juliet Snape

A-Maze-Ing Minotaur

United Kingdom 2014

literary


Elisabeth Belomo

Abobo Ndene and Otene Nka'a

Long, long time ago, AboboNdene, the spider, and OteneNka’a, the monitor lizard, were close friends; so intimate that they shared everything: their happiness, worries and sorrows. They both believed in the same ideologies as they openly rebuked inhumane inclinations.One day, on their way back home from the farm, they engaged in a debate on the origins of good and evil. Before they realised it, they were on opposing sides: while Abobo held God responsible for good and evil, Otene attributed(...)

oral Other Traditions

COUNTRY: Cameroon


Franciszek Kobryńczuk

About Arion, the Famous Singer [O słynnym śpiewaku Arionie]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue (accessed: June 11, 2021), Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp.Poseidon and Ino had a son born on Lesbos who became a famous singer. His name was Arion. He travelled to Corinth where he found a patron in Periander, the city's tyrant. Later, Arion successfully co(...)

literary

COUNTRY: Poland


Marian Grześczak , Zbigniew Łoskot

About a Boy Whom You Also Are [O chłopcu, którym jesteś i ty]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp.Daedalus and his inquisitive and lively son, Icarus, travel from Athens, from where they were banished, to Crete. Icarus dreams about being able to fly, so he and his father could travel much faster than they do, walking on the g(...)

literary

YEAR: 1981

COUNTRY: Poland


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

Achilles and Hector [Αχιλλέας και Έκτορας (Achilléas kai Éktoras)]

The Achaeans have been fighting at Troy for nine years. Hector is the first among the Trojans. Agamemnon is the Achaeans’ general. On the tenth year, Achilles and Agamemnon argue for two women. Chryseis is Agamemnon’s slave girl. Her father, Chryses, a priest of Apollo, begs Agamemnon to give her back. Agamemnon refuses. When Apollo punishes the Achaeans, Agamemnon has to fulfil Chryses’ wish. Having returned Chryseis to her father, Agamemnon orders Briseis, Achilles’ sla(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Greece


Lee Smyth

Achilles’ Rage (Warriors, 1)

This novel is set during the Trojan War, when two fictional characters, the twins Jem and Wren get involved with the rivalry between Achilles, Odysseus, Agamemnon and Hector. They witness the ending of the war and the seizure of Troy. Jem and Wren are orphans from Lemnos. Their parents were killed and the twins were takes as slaves by the horrible Greek mercenaries Scarp and Claw. They were brought to work with horses and are assigned to Achilles’ camp where they witness his harsh feud wit(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Andrzej Majewski

Adam the Tireless Wanderer [Adam niestrudzony wędrowiec]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp., section by Gabriela Rogowska, pp. 175–176.The hero of the book is Adam – a little boy found by an old couple in the forest. When the boy grows a little older he sets out on a journey seeking the wisdom of the world (...)

literary

YEAR: 2002

COUNTRY: Poland


Dapo Adeleke

Adamu and His Horse

Adamu and His Horse is a Children’s fiction, didactic and with thematic thrusts yarned from oral tradition. Adamu is a young and ambitious young man. His parents migrated to Garinlafiya long time ago from their ancestral village where they were relatively wealthy but had to leave because of famine. His father had a retinue of slaves but trusted one. On the night of their departure from Garinlafiya, he tied together most of his property and money which were too heavy to carry on the back of(...)

african Other Traditions

COUNTRY: Nigeria


Franciszek Kobryńczuk

Adonis

When Adonis becomes an orphan, Aphrodite becomes his guardian and soon begins to love him. The goddess comes up with the idea that the beautiful boy, to avoid catching a cold, should go down to Hades with Persephone for the winter. When Persephone emerges from the Underworld in the spring, it turns out that she has also fallen in love with Adonis and does not want to give him to Aphrodite. Zeus settles the dispute: Adonis will spend one-third of the year with Aphrodite, one-third – with Pe(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Poland


Franciszek Kobryńczuk

Adonis

Poland 2015

literary


Vikentsi Ravinski

Aeneid Inside Out [Энеіда навыварат (Eneida navyvarat)]

After the fall of Troy, Aeneas, the son of Venus, along with his soldiers travel to Rome in order to establish a new kingdom there. Juno, who does not like Aeneas's mother, Venus, wants to thwart the hero. She talks Aeolus, the Keeper of the Winds, into raising a storm in the sea. But Aeneas appeals to Neptune for help. Neptune calms down the wind and soothes the sea. Venus helps her son too; she asks Zeus to support Aeneas. Zeus promises Venus that her son will happily arrive in Rome and wi(...)

literary

YEAR: 1845

COUNTRY: Russian Empire


Ivan Kotliarevsky

Aeneid. Travestied Inside Out into Little Russian language by I. Kotliarevsky [Енеида. На малороссійскій языкъ перелиціованная И. Котляревскимъ (Eneyda. Na malorossiĭskiĭ iazyk perelytsiovannaia Y. Kotliarevskym)]

After the fall of Troy, Aeneas ("Aeneas was a lively fellow, / Lusty as any Cossack blade") and the Trojans run away to sea. Juno asks Aeolus to sink the Trojans. Aeolus creates the storm, but Aeneas gives Neptune a bribe, and the storm calms down. Venus feels worried about her son Aeneas and complains about Juno to Zeus. Zeus says that the fate of Aeneas is already sealed – he will go to Rome and found a strong state there. After much suffering, the Trojans reach Carthage, where(...)

literary

YEAR: 1798

COUNTRY: Russian Empire


Talleen Hacikyan , Michael Rosen

Aesop's Fables

Aesop [an introduction to Aesop by Dr J.R.C. Cousland, Univ. British Columbia]Dog and Wolf;Fox and Grapes;Crow and Fox;Lion, Fox and Wolf;Wolf and Lamb;Mouse and Lion;Frog and Bull;Cockerel, Dog and Fox;Mosquito, Lion and Spider;Fir Tree and Thornbush;The Axe and the Trees;Partridge and the Fighting Cocks;Town Mouse and Country Mouse.Each story is laid out with one page for the tale and a full-page illustration on the facing page. The myths are told in the simple, direct language (note the minim(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Talleen Hacikyan , Michael Rosen

Aesop's Fables

United Kingdom 2013

literary


Rodney McRae

Aesop’s Fables

McRae’s illustrations interpret Aesop’s fables through a range of international art forms and visual references. He is inspired by folk art and design, as well as some of the earliest known European artworks, such as the Lascaux cave paintings, Australian Indigenous, Mayan and Aztec art, Indian art, and contemporary Japanese woodblocks which enhance the reader’s interpretations of the fables. McRae also uses collage from torn paper, scraperboard, charcoal and watercolours. (...)

literary

YEAR: 1990

COUNTRY: Australia


Stanisław Srokowski

Aesop’s Fables [Bajki Ezopa]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp.A collection of Aesopian fables featuring traditional and “non-traditional” animals as main characters; the fables are written in prose. Every fable tells a tale in a very expressive manner, in a colourful language; a(...)

literary

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: Poland


Stanisław Srokowski

Aesop’s Fables [Bajki Ezopa]

Poland 2003

literary


Manuela Adreani

Aesop’s Fables [Le favole di Esopo]

Aesop’s Fables includes twenty fables drawn from Aesop, accompanied by Adreani’s surrealistic and dreamy paintings.* The collection features less famous stories, including The Fox and the Donkey in a Lion’s Skin, The Lion and the Stag at the Spring, and The Frogs Ask for a King, rather than the widely known fables, such as The Hare and the Tortoise, The Lion and the Mouse, and Town Mouse and Country Mouse. Foxes, donkeys, lions, frogs, and various species of birds feature in mo(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Italy


Vivian French , Korky Paul [of Hamish Vigne Christie Paul]

Aesop’s Funky Fables

The work is a selection of Aesop’s Fables, retold for children in verse and prose, using rap and humorous techniques. All retellings have humorous illustrations, in a mixture of watercolours and line drawings.  The Fox and the Crow (8–13) is told in verse, using rap techniques of repetition and other poetic techniques: e.g., ‘Brother CrowPuffed up his feathers with pridePuffed up his feathersPuffed upPuffedAnd opened his beak wide.  “CAW!” said the cr(...)

literary

YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Vivian French , Korky Paul [of Hamish Vigne Christie Paul]

Aesop’s Funky Fables

United Kingdom 1997

literary


Ray Ching

Aesop’s Kiwi Fables

These are Aesop’s Fables adapted, illustrated and set in New Zealand, substituting native fauna for Aesopian characters. There are forty seven fables in Ching’s Aesop’s Kiwi Fables.The Cat & The Cockerel upon a Journey; The Blackbird & His Tail; The Kiwi at the River; The Huhu Beetle & His Shadow; The Kiwi & The Goose; The Old Tuatara & the Possum; The Cat & the Kiwi Chick; The Kiwi & the Jewel; The Thoughtful Kea; Huia & Kokako of Old; The Old M(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: New Zealand


Ray Ching

Aesop’s Kiwi Fables

New Zealand 2012

literary


The Rugby Football Union

Age Grade Rugby

This guide from the Rugby Football Union, the governing body for Rugby Union in England, provides information on children’s player progression at all levels from Under 7 to Under 18. Information on player safety is included along with an overview of the personal and social skills fostered by the sport. The guide, pitched both at players and adults involved as e.g. parents, coaches and first-aiders, mixes an emphasis on the benefits of playing rugby union with safety information. Key benefi(...)

ephemeral

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


The Rugby Football Union

Age Grade Rugby

United Kingdom

ephemeral


Age of Mythology

In Age of Mythology users play as one of three ancient civilizations (Greek, Egyptian or Norse), and guide their people from the paucity of the Archaic Age to the cultural and military brilliance of the Mythic Age. Starting with a small settlement, players collect resources – Food, Wood, Gold and divine Favour – that enable them to erect buildings, train soldiers, and research new technologies to strengthen their civilization. The overall aim is to defeat rival players by either dest(...)

electronic

YEAR: 2002

COUNTRY: United States


Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Warrior

Akata Warrior recounts the story of Sunny Nwazue, who is a leopard* Nigerian-American albino girl, struggling to understand her true self through the secret leopard world**, after officially undergoing initiation into a local Leopard Society***. The key to leopards’ extraordinary power is their uniqueness or ‘natural’ flaws. In Sunny’s case, it is her albinism. Sunny finds it difficult to adapt to both worlds, since she is the only leopard person in her family.  One (...)

african Other Traditions

COUNTRY: United States of America


Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Warrior

United States of America

african Other Traditions


Izechukwu John Ekeh

Akwugo, the Gods of Our Land

Lebechi was a beautiful girl with many unfortunate experiences, one of which was childlessness. These misfortunes continued even when she became pregnant with her husband, Ajulu. One day, Ugele, Lebechi’s closest friend visited her and just when she was about to take her leave, Lebechi started labour. With the help of Ugele, Lebechi delivered a baby boy. Unfortunately, Lebechi collapsed. Shortly afterwards, Ugele met Ajulu and told him the news about his wife’s putting to birth but A(...)

african Other Traditions

COUNTRY: Nigeria


Jolanta Nowaczyk , Daria Solak

Ala has a Cat. And Ali? First-class Sentences [Ala ma kota. A Ali? Zdanka pierwsza klasa]

The book is a collection of the first sentences from elementary schools primers, used to teach how to read worldwide, specifically in twenty-five countries, including Poland, Sweden, Spain, Japan, Ethiopia. This original idea reinforces reading skills through contact with other languages and promotes basic knowledge about other cultures. For example, on the page with the Greek sentence, “Έλλη, να ένα μήλο” [Elli, this is an (...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Poland


Jane Bingham , Robin Lawrie , Anne Millard

Alexander the Great

This title introduces young readers to biography and history, with elements of geography and politics, in a title that also encourages developing literacy through the use of fairly complex vocabulary and delivery in a relatively lengthy volume. The format is birth to death, following the traditions of biography. A map of Alexander's empire opens the work and orientates the reader, and this is followed by ten chapters on Alexander's life, in which text and image are interspersed; most pag(...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Jane Bingham , Robin Lawrie , Anne Millard

Alexander the Great

United Kingdom 2004

literary


Nikos Kazantzakis

Alexander the Great / In the Time of Alexander the Great [Μέγας Αλέξανδρος / Στα χρόνια του Μεγαλέξανδρου (Mégas Aléxandros / Sta chrónia tou Megaléxandrou)]

The novel covers Alexander the Great’s life, beginning with his famous taming of the wild horse Bucephalas at fifteen and ending with his death in Babylon in 323 BCE. The novel focuses primarily on Alexander’s twin ambitions, to unite Greece and to conquer Asia and how he made them a reality. He shared these aspirations with his father Philip II of Macedon, who is an important character in the early part of the book. This covers Alexander’s early life at his father’s cour(...)

literary

YEAR: 1940

COUNTRY: Greece


Chris Capstick , Monika Filipina

Alexander the Great Dane

This light-hearted story is set in an ancient Egypt ruled by giant cats. The giant cats unfairly favour the normal-sized cats, leaving dogs to do all the work. This injustice has persisted for generations, until "a young pup called Alexander" left his care-free youth behind him to enter a world of toil and decided to lead the dogs in throwing off the shackles of their oppressors. True to the genre of books for young children, Alexander asks dogs of various occupations for their views o(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Chris Capstick , Monika Filipina

Alexander the Great Dane

United Kingdom 2017

literary


Jamila Gavin , David Parkins

Alexander the Great. Man, Myth, or Monster?

Alexander the Great. Man, Myth, or Monster? introduces young readers to ancient history via biography. The birth to death format follows the traditions of biography, while the narrative also moves forward and backwards in parts, with the narrator recalling previous events or anticipating events that will occur later. The story is punctuated by mythic tales which are introduced as if being told to soldiers in the story. These embedded myths are well chosen to reflect what is happening in the main(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Anna M. Komornicka

Alpha and Omega, or Antiquity Encapsulated [Alfa i Omega, czyli starożytność w miniaturze]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue (accessed: June 11, 2021), Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp.This is the last volume in the series The Legacy of Antiquity, where the author explains the classical origin of well-known expressions used by famous Greek and Roman leaders, philosophers etc., such as (...)

literary

YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY: Poland


Renée Grimaud (Grimaud Ayanoglou) , Daniel Maja

Alphabeta. The Greek Alphabet through Its Legends [Alphabêta. L'alphabet grec par ses légendes]

In the beginning, the 24 letters of the Greek alphabet are introduced with their French names and pronunciation. Selected mythological stories are presented in the alphabetical order of their titles. Each two-page layout contains a short tale and a full-page illustration in a blue colour scheme and introduces another character by their name, which begins with a particular Greek letter. The characters described are: Alpha – Argos, Beta – Bellerophon, Gamma – (...)

literary

YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY: France


Franciszek Kobryńczuk

Amalthea the Goat [Koza Amalteja]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue (accessed: June 11, 2021), Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp.When Cronus learns about a prophecy foretelling that one of his children will defeat him, he starts devouring them as soon as they are born. By giving Cronus a stone to eat, his wife Rhea saves the young(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Poland


Michael Townsend

Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders: Welcome to the Wonderful World of Greek Mythology

This book contains nine mythological tales written in comic form. First there is a brief introduction of various creatures of Greek mythology, such as the Cyclops, centaurs, Satyrs, Nymphs, Pegasus but also made-for-laugh ones such as a fairy goat or Mer-Donkey. There is an emphasis on the natural world of ancient Greece, where there was no technology, and on monsters, heroes and gods. The Olympian gods are mentioned, with the exclusion of Hephaestus and Ares, although Zeus, Hera, Athena, Apollo(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Demitria Lunetta , Marley Lynn , Kate Karyus Quinn

Amazon Academy: Amazon Queen (Mythverse, 5)

This book follows the events of the previous book in the series (Amazon Princess). In the previous book, Brandee Jean Mason, the beauty pageant regular from Wisconsin, won the challenge to become the new queen of the gods and replace the dead Zeus. However, during her coronation ceremony, Zeus reemerged. Since he died, he now occupies a different body, that of one of the contenders, Sora. Hades is the one responsible for bringing Zeus back and for refusing to accept the result of the competition(...)

literary

YEAR: 2020

COUNTRY: United States of America


Demitria Lunetta , Marley Lynn , Kate Karyus Quinn

Amazon Academy: Amazon Queen (Mythverse, 5)

United States of America 2020

literary


Demitria Lunetta , Marley Lynn , Kate Karyus Quinn

Amazon Princess: Amazon Academy (Mythverse, 4)

This book follows the events of the previous book in the series (Wither & Wound) yet focuses on a new set of heroes and a different setting. In the previous book, Edie Evans, the dragon shape shifter killed her father Zeus in a fatal duel. As a result Zeus’ powers left him and entered different individuals across the world. Minor deities then begun to create havoc on earth so Edie and her friends set out to locate the people with Zeus’ powers and try to save the world. Thisbook f(...)

literary

YEAR: 2019

COUNTRY: United States of America


Demitria Lunetta , Marley Lynn , Kate Karyus Quinn

Amazon Princess: Amazon Academy (Mythverse, 4)

United States of America 2019

literary


Neil Gaiman

American Gods

In American Gods, a man named Shadow is released from prison when his wife dies in a car accident. On his journey to the funeral, he meets a mysterious stranger, Mr Wednesday. Wednesday turns out to be the Norse god, Odin, and hires Shadow as a bodyguard. Wednesday tells Shadow that war is coming, a war between the "old" gods, and the "new." These old gods are the gods of myth and legend, who have come to the United States, brought in the imaginations, memories, and stor(...)

literary

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: United States


Joan Holub , Suzanne Williams

Amphitrite the Bubbly (Goddess Girls, 17)

In this installment, we meet a new character, Amphitrite, a mermaid who is not a regular student at MOA academy. Amphitrite is a mermaid who dreams about living on land. In this combination of mythology and “the little mermaid”, Amphitrite does not forsake her marine home for life on land, but learns to combine both. The story alternates between her narrative and Poseidon’s, and the connecting theme is identity – who you really are. Amphitrite’s sister, Thetis,(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States


Alfred Ledwig , Stanisław Pagaczewski

An Adventure on Rhodes [Przygoda na Rodos]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp.In terms of the plot, this book (an adventure novel with elements of fantasy) can be regarded as a continuation of the trilogy about the adventures of the Wawel Dragon, but the action does not take place in the Middle-Ages but in(...)

literary

YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY: Poland


Alfred Ledwig , Stanisław Pagaczewski

An Adventure on Rhodes [Przygoda na Rodos]

Poland 1982

literary


Peter Numfor Ambe

An Orphan Child and Her Uncle's Wife

AN ORPHAN CHILD AND HER UNCLE’S WIFE:Long long time agoThere lived a manWho got married and hadJust one child.The gift that was given him duringHis wedding was his late sister’s daughter - A child who had been movingFrom one family member to another.The wife detested the gift butLater on accepted it.She accepted it becauseTheir only daughterWas feeling very lonely.She was still very young,And so needed company.The acceptance of this childInto the new home took place after a lot (...)

oral Other Traditions

COUNTRY: Cameroon


Joseph Ndipowah Teneng

An Orphan Girl and Her Stepmother

Long time agoThere was a manWho was so handsome.He had two wives.The first was very, very beautiful,The second was not so beautiful.The first wife gave birth to a girl child,The man was happy.Because that was part of his wealth.He had a friend who startedBetrothing this little girl at birth,He would always bring him firewood,And roast meat.The man planted a kola nut tree for the daughterThe daughter had everything that one can imagine.Dresses, enough food, bracelets, necklaces, and others.One da(...)

oral Other Traditions

COUNTRY: Cameroon


Kemonde Wangmonde

An Orphan’s Tears

The novel opens when Ngeh* is walking along the road in Bay City and stubs his toe. An old man, almost the age of his father, appears from nowhere and tells him that in the African traditional belief, hitting one’s toe is a sign of bad luck. Ngeh gives a deaf ear to this old man because he takes him for a swindler, but the old man tells him he will understand someday. Later in a taxi, Ngeh contemplates about their low standard of living and his father’s incapability to pay his school(...)

african Other Traditions

COUNTRY: Cameroon


Enoch Tanyi

Anansi

Anansi is a myth of the people of Asante on the coast of Ghana. This myth is centered on the character and ingenuity of Anansi, who succeeded through tricks to bring stories from the gods to his people and gave them wisdom. It is believed that Anansi is a mystical figure, who acts on behalf of Nyame, his father, and the Sky Father (God). He has the ability to bring rain and to stop wild fires. In some sectors of the Asante clan, Anansi is believed to be responsible for creating the sun, the star(...)

oral Other Traditions

COUNTRY: Ghana


Richard Bonson , Stewart Ross

Ancient Greece

The book’s main story takes place in 416 BC Greece. It is the story of a young man competing in the Olympic Games, told in the form of a graphic novel. After a brief plot overview and the historical background, the story continues around the border of every page, whilst the centre of each page is filled with factual information. The plot of the story focuses on a young Athenian man named Kinesias and his journey to and attendance of the Olympic Games. Kinesias dreams of personal succe(...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United States of America


Richard Bonson , Stewart Ross

Ancient Greece

United States of America 2004

literary


Colin King , Stephanie Turnbull

Ancient Greeks

This short book starts by introducing "An ancient land", before moving to specific sections, each covering a double spread, on: Life in Greece; Clothes and fashion; What people ate; A trip to market; Feasts and fun; Gods and goddesses; Talking to the gods; Heroes and monsters; The Olympic Games; Greek plays; Mighty warriors; Into battle; and Great Greeks. Each section comprises short sentences in a large font accompanied (...)

literary

YEAR: 2002

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Colin King , Stephanie Turnbull

Ancient Greeks

United Kingdom 2002

literary


Cath Senker

Ancient Greeks

Ancient Greeks is an educational, introduction to ancient Greek culture aimed at children aged 7+. This title is one of several titles in the Ladybird Histories series, including Kings and Queens, Tudor and Stuarts, Ancient Egyptians, The Vikings, Romans, and Anglo-Saxons. Each is written in a similarly serious tone. Through the combination of titles, the series presents the Ancient Greeks as an important non-British historical society. Ancient Greeks focuses on the Classical period, w(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Joe Lillington , Iris Volant [The Flying Eye Books’ In-House Writers]

Ancient Warriors

Ancient Warriors is divided as follows: overview of specific armies; short biographies of military leaders; overviews of battles throughout history. The book covers the Bronze Age until the 14th Century CE and features armies such as the Mayans (pp. 12–13), the Romans (pp. 24–28), the Huns (pp. 34–35), the Vikings (pp. 42–43), and the Samurai (pp. 50–51). These armies are arranged chronologically and are described along with their respective military leaders such as(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Danielle Jawando

And the Stars Were Burning Brightly

Set in Wythenshawe in Manchester, And the Stars Were Burning Brightly follows fifteen-year-old Nathan as he attempts to understand his older brother Al’s death by suicide. Al, a deep thinker and talented artist, seemingly had everything to live for, but Nathan eventually learns that Al was the victim of a sustained bullying campaign on social media and in his everyday life at school and on the estate where they live.As part of his quest for information both online and offline, Nathan gets (...)

literary

YEAR: 2020

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Danielle Jawando

And the Stars Were Burning Brightly

United Kingdom 2020

literary


Jenny Blackford

Andromeda

Andromeda is a feminist reimagining of the story of Andromeda and the sea monster.  It fleshes out the personality of the princess, who, whilst mindful of the obligations of her royal role, longs for freedom from its obligations. She has an unaccountable sense of needing something, ‘something she had been missing for such a long time’ (130). Since the onset of puberty Andromeda has suffered overwhelming fits of rage. Her maturation is symbolically tied to the sea monster, who be(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Australia


Jenny Blackford

Andromeda

Australia 2008

literary


Annick Ndo Medjoto

Angon Nana and Abomo Nguele

Long ago, in a certain corner of South Cameroon, was born a boy of extraordinary handsomeness, named Angon Nana. He was so handsome that upon seeing him people were cured of their psychological problems. Unfortunately, Nana’s parents died while he was still young and he became unbearably sad. He wept day and night for several years. One day, amid his tears, he felt a strange presence around him. As he turned around, a girl Abomo was looking down at him smiling. She dried his tears. As(...)

oral Other Traditions

COUNTRY: Cameroon


Ola [Aleksandra] Woldańska-Płocińska

Animalocracy [Zwierzokracja]

Zwierzokracja is a large-format non-fiction picture book presenting the history of human-animal relations from prehistory to modern times. Each spread is dedicated to a different topic. Woldańska-Płocińska touches on such issues as hunting, mediaeval animal trials, farming chickens on top of city buildings, intensive animal farming, bird feeding, the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights (1978), endangered species, and veganism. There is even a mention of Jane Goodall, famous primatologist(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: Poland


Ola [Aleksandra] Woldańska-Płocińska

Animalocracy [Zwierzokracja]

Poland 2018

literary


Kendare Blake

Antigoddess (Goddess War, 1)

Like several other recent novels for young adults, including Aimee Carter’s The Goddess Test (2011) and Bree Despain’s Into the Dark series, Kendare Blake’s Antigoddess explores the premise that ancient gods have survived into the modern age. Ranging across both urban and natural landscapes of the United States, the novel is focalised through Athena, who is accompanied by her brother, Hermes. The pair resemble modern teenagers: Hermes wears jeans and a tight t-sh(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States


Andrew Matthews , Tony Ross

Antony and Cleopatra

The book belongs to the series by Andrew Matthews, where classic plays of William Shakespeare are retold. The story about Antony and Cleopatra is told in a form of recollections of Servius, one of Antony’s loyal soldiers. Servius goes back to recall memories from the day when he was listening to Antony giving a speech over Caesar's body. Shortly afterward, Servius was appointed to be Antony’s Centurion. Since that moment, the soldier’s memories overlap with the events known(...)

literary

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Ash

Aphrodite

Lyrically a very simple song, Aphrodite describes an encounter of an unidentified first-person narrator falling in love with a woman, who is referred to as the eponymous goddess. While the song is about love, the lyrics hint at a darker side to love as all consuming and weakening; the Aphrodite of the song is referred to as having a "dark power", while the narrator laments that they are "getting lost/ at such a cost/ as I fall/ I feel my heart deceiving even me" and "how(...)

music

YEAR: 1998

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Ash

Aphrodite

United Kingdom 1998

music


Yuyi Chen , Joan Holub , Suzanne Williams

Aphrodite & the Gold Apple (Little Goddess Girls, 3)

In the third book of the Little Goddess Girls series, Athena, Persephone and Aphrodite continue to travel along the Hello Brick Road to Sparkle City, where they hope the mighty Zeus might grant their wishes. Athena wishes to return home, from which she was mysteriously carried away by storm and brought to this magical, Mount Olympus, land. Persephone hopes Zeus helps her overcome her bad luck. Aphrodite wishes for the gift of likability, for sometimes she says things to people without thinking a(...)

literary

YEAR: 2020

COUNTRY: United States of America


Yuyi Chen , Joan Holub , Suzanne Williams

Aphrodite & the Gold Apple (Little Goddess Girls, 3)

United States of America 2020

literary


Yuyi Chen , Joan Holub , Suzanne Williams

Aphrodite & the Magical Box (Little Goddess Girls, 7)

In the seventh book of the "Little Goddess Girls" series, the little goddess girls are traveling together, looking for adventures. Suddenly, a big carrot comes running towards them, holding a burning torch. He tells them his name is Prometheus Carrot. Then, he touches with his torch a glittery pink brick on the road and suddenly an elevator with a talking face shows up through the bricks. The carrot goes inside telling the elevator he wishes to go to Veggie-Boo-boo and the elevator mov(...)

literary

YEAR: 2021

COUNTRY: United States of America


Yuyi Chen , Joan Holub , Suzanne Williams

Aphrodite & the Magical Box (Little Goddess Girls, 7)

United States of America 2021

literary


Josef Hill , Elena Paige

Aphrodite Finds Her Inner Beauty (Taki and Toula Time Travelers, 5)

In this time-traveling series fifth installment, two modern day Greek children from Crete, Toula (8-year-old girl) and Taki (6-year-old boy) find strange traditional Greek shoes called tsarouhia in their mother’s chest. They find out that wearing these shoes enables them to time-travel to ancient Greece (see here). In this book, the children arrive at Aphrodite’s temple. There are many statues of beautiful Aphrodite in the temple, yet one of the statues is of an older, ugly woma(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: Australia


Joan Holub , Suzanne Williams

Aphrodite the Beauty (Goddess Girls, 3)

General summary for the series see under Athena the Brain.In this installment (the third book of the series and the first which focuses on Aphrodite) we follow the adventures of Aphrodite, the pretty and stylish goddessgirl of love and beauty. Aphrodite gives Athena a makeover to make her more appealing to boys and gets jealous at the too-good outcome. Aphrodite learns the meaning of true beauty (Hephaestus) and hollow beauty (Ares) and in the end, friendship is the most beautiful thing.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United States


Joan Holub , Suzanne Williams

Aphrodite the Diva (Goddess Girls, 6)

General summary for the series see under Athena the Brain.In this installment we follow Aphrodite’s plan to up her grade in Hero-ology class. She goes to Egypt where she encounters Isis. Aphrodite and the Greek go encounter the Egyptian goddesses and compete with them. Aphrodite needs to find her own voice and what makes her special. The book also reiterates themes from the Trojan war.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States


Joan Holub , Suzanne Williams

Aphrodite the Fair (Goddess Girls, 15)

In this installment, Ares’ sister, Eris, goddess of discord, suddenly appears at his birthday party. The self-confident Ares, the envy of many other godboys, is in fact scared of his older sister who bullied him since childhood. When Eris crashes his surprise birthday party, Ares is terrified: “panic filled him. He had to get rid of his sister before she ruined everything for him here at MOA.” (p. 19). In a retelling of the judgement of Paris, Eris causes strife between the stu(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

Aphrodite, Goddess of Beauty [Αφροδίτη η θεά της ομορφιάς (Afrodítī ī theá tīs omorfiás)]

Mandilaras and Kapatsoulia recount Aphrodite’s life, starting with her birth from the sea in Cyprus and ending with her veneration in Greek temples and legacy for sculptors and painters. Aphrodite emerged from the sea in a large seashell. She was beautiful and everyone fell in love with her. Zephyrus travelled with Aphrodite, first to the island of Cythera – where he spent a night with her – and afterwards to the west part of Cyprus. In Cyprus, the Hours made Aphrodite bea(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Greece


George O'Connor

Aphrodite. Goddess of Love (Olympians, 6)

Aphrodite is the sixth instalment of the tremendous Olympians series. It is narrated by the Charites and begins in a time before time, with the ancient Greek creation myths – Gaea and Ouranos, unfocused Eros, and the rise of the Titans leading to Kronos' castration. "The seat of Eros' power in Ouranos" is depicted falling into the sea in a mass of pink foam. The foam churns while more of the creation story plays out. The Olympians, humans, and animals all develop and(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Maria Krüger

Apolejka and Her Donkey [Apolejka i jej osiołek]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp.A princess named Apolejka lives alone in a high tower on a hill outside the town. One day from the windows of her tower she notices a chimney-sweep drinking water from the well. The very next instant the boy turns into a donkey; (...)

literary

YEAR: 1963

COUNTRY: Poland


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

Apollo and Artemis [Απόλλωνας και Άρτεμη (Apóllōnas kai Ártemī)]

The book starts by showing two gods as small children in a pram. We read that the boy grew up to become a patron of the arts and music, while the girl lived in the forests and hunted. Readers are asked to guess the two siblings’ names. Next, we read about pregnant Leto trying to find a place to give birth, running away from Hera’s frustration with Zeus’ infidelity. Leto takes refuge in a small island, and gives birth, first to Artemis and then to Apollo. It now becomes cle(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Greece


Joan Holub , Craig Phillips , Suzanne Williams

Apollo and the Battle of the Birds (Heroes in Training, 6)

This is the sixth book in the Heroes in Training series (see entry about Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom (Heroes in Training, 1)). The group is searching for the mysterious aegis and on the way they will battle the ferocious Stymphalian birds and meet Ares. The group also helps the villagers to overcome a deadly drought. Meanwhile Ares, who was raised by Titans, takes time to adapt to his new found family.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States


Nick Roberts , Stella Tarakson

Apollo's Mystic Message (Hopeless Heroes, 5)

This is book 5 in the Hopeless Heroes series. This is series of portal-fantasy adventures in which a timid boy travels to the world of ancient myth by means of a magic vase, and learns to be brave through adventures with classical heroes. At the end of the previous book, Tim Baker was told by his mother's boyfriend (and his school teacher), Larry Green, that there is a vase at the British Museum which depicts an image of a modern boy holding a vase. At first, Tim is reluctant to believe it i(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


George O'Connor

Apollo. The Brilliant One (Olympians, 8)

The Muses narrate this collection, taking turns to tell different myths about Apollo:The birth of Apollo and Artemis.Apollo establishes the oracle at Delphi.Daphne.Marsyas.Hyacinth.Asklepios.A thoughtful Author's Note on Apollo follows. Profile summaries of Apollo, Asklepios, and the Muses are included along with eight points for follow-up discussion and a bibliography and recommended reading list that includes explicit reference to works used in the creation of the graphic novel (Hesiod, Ae(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Marios Aristopoulos , Jesse McGibney , Maciej Paprocki , Lee Vermeulen

Apotheon

Apotheon features the story of Nikandreos, a warrior from the village of Dion, and his journey to save his village and the Earth from the wrath of Zeus. The story begins with the ransack of Dion by invaders. Nikandreos saves his village alongside surviving soldiers and then heads to the temple, where Hera congratulates him for defeating the invaders and recruits him as her champion to take down Zeus, in revenge for her husband’s affairs with other gods and humans. He agrees to this task an(...)

electronic

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Canada


Will Beall , James Wan

Aquaman

The plot concentrates on the life of Arthur Curry – the Aquaman. In the opening scenes, we find out more about him and his life. He is half-human, half Atlantean. His mother Atlanna was the Queen of the underwater Atlantis. His father was just an average human working as a lighthouse keeper. Sadly they didn’t have a chance to enjoy peaceful family life together. When Arthur was little, his mother was punished for a betrayal by the army of the King of Atlantis and sentenced to death b(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: USA


Will Beall , James Wan

Aquaman

USA 2018

audiovisual


Katie O’Neill

Aquicorn Cove

Lana, a motherless girl, returns to the small seaside town of Abalone with her father, to spend time with her Auntie Mae, and help her repair the family property after a storm. Walking on the beach and looking in rock pools, remembering times she spent there with her mother, Melody, Lana finds a curious, wounded creature, like a seahorse but not quite. She puts it in a jar of water, and takes advice from Mae to feed it brine shrimp. Later, while on beach clean-up, Lana is greeted by a larger ver(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United States of America


Katie O’Neill

Aquicorn Cove

United States of America 2018

literary


Franciszek Kobryńczuk

Arachne

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue (accessed: June 11, 2021), Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp.A mortal woman named Arachne boasts that she is a better weaver than Athena. In response, the goddess orders Arachne to demonstrate her skills. When Athena realizes that Arachne’s skills are indeed(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Poland


Franciszek Kobryńczuk

Arachne

Poland 2015

literary


Nick Roberts , Stella Tarakson

Arachne Golden Gloves (Hopeless Heroes, 3)

This is book 3 in the Hopeless Heroes series. This is a series of portal-fantasy adventures in which a timid boy travels to the world of ancient myth by means of a magic vase, and learns to be brave through adventures with classical heroes. Tim Baker, the school-child hero of the book is doing the housework since his mother is busy with her jobs. He catches a spider, and is very interested in it. Yet his mother is afraid of it. Tim decides not to kill the animal but rather set it free outside. H(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nick Roberts , Stella Tarakson

Arachne Golden Gloves (Hopeless Heroes, 3)

United Kingdom 2017

literary


Ron Brooks , Jenny Wagner

Aranea: A Story About A Spider

Aranea tells the story of an orb weaving spider who seeks to construct the perfect web. From her home in the "lilac bush in somebody’s garden", she works persistently and secretly at her weaving. Sometimes she herself destroys what she has created before anyone wakes up to see it; other times her webs are broken by stick-wielding schoolboys or housewives hanging out their washing. But while the people register her weaving, Aranea herself remains hidden from sight. Late in th(...)

literary

YEAR: 1975

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Ron Brooks , Jenny Wagner

Aranea: A Story About A Spider

United Kingdom 1975

literary


Kai Meyer

Arcadia Awakens [Arkadien erwacht] (Arcadia, 1 [Arkadien, 1])

A shy seventeen year old girl, Rosa Alcantara, comes from Brooklyn, New York, and is of Italian descent. After having been raped she had to undergo an abortion. One day, she travels by plane to Palermo in Sicily in order to attend the funeral of a leader of the mafia clan called Carnevares. Rosa’s situation within her family is complicated: her father died several years earlier and her mother, who left Sicily a long time before that, does not want to have any contacts with her relatives, w(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: Germany


Kai Meyer

Arcadia Burns [Arkadien brennt] (Arcadia, 2 [Arkadien, 2])

When Rosa Alcantara and Alessandro Carnevare try to be intimate, they are transformed into mythical beasts, the moment they get too close to each other. The reason for this lies in the fact that they belong to different mafia clans, which have been adversaries for centuries. Therefore, their fate seems to be an eternal fight against each other. When they realize the problem, they stop trying to be intimate, Rosa moves to New York and after many years reconciles with her mother Gemma. Her mum esc(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: Germany


Kai Meyer

Arcadia Falls [Arkadien fällt] (Arcadia, 3 [Arkadien, 3])

During their search in Sicily for a peace bringing ancient statue, Rosa Alcantara and Alessandro Carnevare are attacked by harpies, who look like big owls. Yet, it turns out soon that this mythical statue is missing. In their dreadful fight with the harpies, one ally of Rosa and Alessandro called Quattrini is killed. In due course, it is revealed that the harpies are killers for hire and belong to their own clan, the Malandras. The leaders of the clan are two dangerous sisters, Aliza and Saffira(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: Germany


Shoo Rayner

Archimedes: the Man Who Invented the Death Ray

Archimedes: the Man Who Invented the Death Ray is an illustrated chapter book that explains the life and work of the Greek scientist (287–212 BC). Rayner explains that Archimedes lived in Sicily, in Syracuse, and his inventions (such as the Death Ray of the title) staved off the Roman conquest of Sicily for two years. The chapters describe his discovery of fundamental principles of physics and maths: levers, pulleys, pi, the screw pump, the principle named after him (Archimedes’(...)

literary

YEAR: 2019

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Megan Levens , Jamie S. Rich

Ares & Aphrodite: Love Wars

Will Ares is a successful divorce lawyer to Hollywood celebrities, currently helping his client, movie producer Evans Beatty, divorce his second wife. Gigi Averelle is a wedding planner at her business Goddess of Love, and is organising the wedding of her client, teen film sensation Carrie Cartwright. Cartwright is marrying Beatty. Will is a hopeless romantic, but Gigi is a romance cynic and does not believe in true love. The pair meet through their clients, whose impending wedding is being thre(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Megan Levens , Jamie S. Rich

Ares & Aphrodite: Love Wars

United States of America 2015

literary


Joan Holub , Craig Phillips , Suzanne Williams

Ares and the Spear of Fear (Heroes in Training, 7)

This is the seventh book in the Heroes in Training series (see entry about Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom (Heroes in Training, 1)). Demeter, Hestia and Hades have gone missing and the rest of the group need to find them as well as a magical spear which is guarded by the Amazons. Lastly they meet another Olympian, Athena. Hera finally gets her own magical object, only to lose it.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States


George O'Connor

Ares. Bringer of War (Olympians, 7)

Ares: Bringer of War presents the figure of Ares through a retelling of the myths of the Trojan War with Ares as a major focus point. The book closes with an author's note on adapting Homer's Iliad and his preference for a version of the Trojan War which includes the gods. Profile summaries of Ares, Eris, and Achilles follow, along with eight points for discussion, a Bibliography and Further Reading recommendations.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joe Caramagna , Travel Foreman , Derek Fridolfs , Len O'Grady , Michael Avon Oeming

Ares. God of War

Part 1. Ares opens with a repeat of the cover image in which a Mohican-haired Ares looks down reflectively amidst a battlefield strewn with bodies. The opening text quotes Zeus in Homer's Iliad declaring Ares the most hateful of the gods. A second scene of devastation accompanies Ares' account of how the other gods called on him long ago to halt Hades' attack on Olympus. He recalls that even as Hades' hellish demons swarmed about them Hercules discouraged Zeus' appeal to(...)

literary

YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joe Caramagna , Travel Foreman , Derek Fridolfs , Len O'Grady , Michael Avon Oeming

Ares. God of War

United States of America 2006

literary


Kalliope Kyrdi , Evi Pini

Argos Tells Stories from the Mycenaean Period in the National Archaeological Museum [Ο Άργος αφηγείται ιστορίες από τη μυκυναϊκή εποχή στο Εθνικό Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο (O Árgos afīgeítai istoríes apó tī mykynaïkī epochī sto Ethnikó Archaiologikó Mouseío)]

The book is a guide to the Mycenaean antiquities in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The first page offers background information about a museum visit for parents and teachers. From page 4 onwards, the guide to the Mycenaean past begins with defining the temporal and geographical context. Readers are presented with a general narrative about the Achaeans arriving in mainland Greece. At first, the Achaeans practiced agriculture and animal husbandry, before becoming richer through(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Greece


Ralph Hardy

Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog

Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog by Ralph Hardy is a novel aimed at primary school children (8–12). It retells the story of Homer’s The Odyssey through the eyes of Argos – a loyal dog, bred from both wolf and bear (p. 4). Argos follows his master’s trail by asking the birds and other animals if they have heard news of him. He sends out the seagulls to search for information about Odysseus, and soon learns that he was sailing toward the island of Ithak(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Kalliope Kyrdi , Evi Pini

Ariadne Tells Stories from the Cycladic Period in the National Archaeological Museum [Η Αριάδνη αφηγείται ιστορίες από την κυκλαδική εποχή στο Εθνικό Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο (Ī Ariádnī afīgeítai istoríes apó tīn kykladikī́ epochī́ sto Ethnikó Archaiologikó Mouseío)]

The first part of the book (pages 4 to 8), which is entitled “a first familiarisation with the Cycladic civilization”, presents the geographical, chronological, and social setting of Cycladic communities. Rare words, such as βραχονησίδα, μεταλλείο, and οψιανός (“rocky islets”, “mines”, and “obsidian”), are explaine(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: Greece


Jennifer Cook

Ariadne: The Maiden and the Minotaur

Cook’s story opens with sixteen-year-old Ariadne abandoned on Naxos, furious that she fell for Theseus, who has taken up with her sister Phaedra and sailed home to Athens. As in the traditional version of the myth, Ariadne falls in love with Theseus when he arrives on Crete as one of the Athenian tributes, destined for death in the labyrinth. But in this story, the Minotaur is not a monstrous beast, but instead a small child afflicted with a club foot, a hare-lip, and other deformities. Ch(...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: Australia


Jan Bajtlik

Ariadne’s Thread: Myths and Labyrinths [Nić Ariadny. Mity i Labirynty]

Bajtlik’s mythical catalogue consist of numerous depictions of the labyrinth in various configurations, each alluding to classical motifs and mythological stories. In the Introduction we read that ancient Greece was one of the most fascinating countries in the world whose culture and history influenced Europe and are admired to this day (Bajtlik, 2018: 5). Labyrinths drawn and described by Batjlik ought to lead the reader through this tradition, and teach them about ancient stories and cus(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: Poland


Christophe Chaffardon

Aristarchos' Manuscript [Le manuscrit d’Aristarque]

The action takes place in the 3rd century B.C. Athens and later Alexandria in Ptolemaic Egypt. A physician practicing advanced and not yet sanctioned medicine is forced to flee Athens with his daughter Ophelia as stowaways on a small ship going to Alexandria. He dies suddenly, having been poisoned when the ship reaches its destination. Before he dies he manages to tell his daughter to look for a certain Aristarchus, who turns out to have been a revolutionary astronomer who believed that the Eart(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: France


Blue [​Gregory Kerr] , Overly Sarcastic Productions , Red

Armchair Classics (Series): The Epic of Gilgamesh / Hecuba / Ajax

Armchair Classics is the shortest series made by Overly Sarcastic Productions – apart from the first episode, The Epic of Gilgamesh, which will be described here as an example of the series’ style and characteristics, there are only two other episodes: about Ajax and Hecuba. The series is also slightly different from the others (except Armchair History): the only drawn character is the one of the boy (Blue, we can guess), who sits in an armchair and narrates the whole story. The othe(...)

ephemeral

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Online


Cyprian Assam Egbe

Arrah and the Slave Girl

A long time ago, there lived a beautiful young eighteen-year old girl, Arrah, from a royal family. Her grace and charm left no young man indifferent both within and outside the village of Tinto. Her beauty was also complemented by good manners and diligent housekeeping which she learnt from her mother. As a result, a long line of suitors called on her every day to ask for her hand, but she and her parents found none worthy enough of her. Eventually, despite the fact that in those days people did(...)

oral Other Traditions

COUNTRY: Cameroon


Chinua Achebe

Arrow of God

Arrow of God is a classic tragedy which depicts the fall of a tragic hero caused by both his hubris and outside forces beyond his understanding. The title comes from an Igbo proverb in which a person or event is said to represent the Will of GodEzeulu, the chief priest of the Umuaru clan, wields enormous power over the six federated villages that make up the clan. Part of his role is to store up twelve healthy yams in his barn which he roasts and eats without salt or palm oil immediately he sees(...)

african Other Traditions

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Yuyi Chen , Joan Holub , Suzanne Williams

Artemis & the Awesome Animals (Little Goddess Girls, 4)

In the fourth book of the Little Goddess Girls series, Athena, Persephone, Aphrodite, and their new friend Artemis, arrive at Thunderbolt Tower in Sparkle City. They are eager to meet Zeus, the king of the gods, who might grant their wishes. This time we are informed that the city is located in Greece and is situated on the top of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain. Athena wants to return to her home, Persephone wishes for good luck, Aphrodite for the gift of likability, and Artemis for co(...)

literary

YEAR: 2020

COUNTRY: United States of America


Yuyi Chen , Joan Holub , Suzanne Williams

Artemis & the Awesome Animals (Little Goddess Girls, 4)

United States of America 2020

literary


Joan Holub , Suzanne Williams

Artemis the Brave (Goddess Girls, 4)

General summary for the series see under Athena the Brain.In this installment we follow the adventures of Artemis, the goddess of hunt and her meeting with Orion. The book explores the meaning of true bravery as well as first love and honesty.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United States


Joan Holub , Suzanne Williams

Artemis the Loyal (Goddess Girls, 7)

General summary for the series see under Athena the Brain.In this installment, fairness and accepting others are the main themes. Artemis is angered that she cannot participate in the Olympics, since girls are not allowed. She needs to overcome the prejudice against the participation of girls in sport, decided long ago by Zeus and thus break a very long tradition. She even needs to face her own brother who does not encourage her, as well as the rest of the godboys. We also get a different v(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States


George O'Connor

Artemis. Wild Goddess of the Hunt (Olympians, 9)

This collection of myths about Artemis opens with an account of her birth and early childhood narrated by her mother, Leto. This section compliments material from volume 8 in the series, Apollo, The Brilliant One, telling the reader more about Leto's seduction by Zeus, her flight from Hera, Artemis' assistance in the birth of Apollo, and the twins' introduction to their father on Olympus. Once Artemis has received gifts from Zeus, she looses her arrows, striking a tree, then an (...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States


Shirin Yim Bridges , Albert Nguyen

Artemisia of Caria

This is an illustrated history book for young readers which tells the story of the Persian Wars with focus on the role of Artemisia of Caria and the social history of her life and times. Artemisia opens with sixteen names in a pronunciation guide and an invitation to try saying them aloud, before moving on to an introduction.The introduction begins with an account of the traditional superstition that it is bad luck to have women, or at least upper class women, on board ship, and the general expe(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United States of America


Shirin Yim Bridges , Albert Nguyen

Artemisia of Caria

United States of America 2010

literary


Ubisoft , Ubisoft Montréal

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Please note, this entry will contain spoilers for the game.Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a game set in ancient Greece, during the Peloponnesian War. It is the prequel to the other games in the Assassin’s Creed series. It follows the adventures of the “tainted one”, who is either named Kassandra or Alexios. The player has the choice to play either as Kassandra or as Alexios. For this entry, the protagonist will be referred to Kassandra as she is the “canon” chara(...)

electronic

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United States


Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Legacy of the First Blade

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Legacy of the First Blade is an extension pack to the 2018 game Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. It contains downloadable content allowing to play an additional plot incorporated into the original name. The player has a choice to play as the Eagle Bearer, Alexios or Kassandra, both of which are Greek misthioi – mercenaries, who, as per the original game, are descendants of King Leonidas of Sparta. The game takes place during the time of the Peloponnesi(...)

electronic

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: worldwide


Ubisoft , Stéphanie-Anne Ruatta

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Discovery tour

Following hugely successful Discovery Tour mode in Assassin’s Creed Origins, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has also included a mode where the game re-uses its in-game assets for educational purposes. Curated by various historians, including, Dr. Stéphanie-Anne Ruatta, the game consists of 30 tours, introducing the players to an array of subjects, from mythological stories to Spartan education, politics, gender issues, or the importance of items such as wine, metallurgy, and clothin(...)

electronic

YEAR: 2019

COUNTRY: Worldwide


René Goscinny , Albert Uderzo

Asterix and Cleopatra [Astérix: Astérix et Cléopâtre] (Astérix, 6)

Asterix and Cleopatra is the 6th part of the series about a brave Gaul and his friends. Every story and series have similar outline. Smart Asterix and strong Obelix obtain enourmous power thanks to magical potion prepared by Panoramix an old druid. Magic potion helps to fight the Romanians. Asterix and Cleopatra begins with an unexpected visit of an architect named Numerobis from Alexandria. He interrupts the Gaul’s daily routine to ask for help in building a palace in Alexandria. His Quee(...)

literary

YEAR: 1968

COUNTRY: France


René Goscinny , Albert Uderzo

Asterix and the Laurel Wreath [Astérix: Les Lauriers de César] (Astérix, 18)

Asterix and the Laurel Wreath is the 18th story in the Astérix comic series (see also entries for Book 4, Book 6, Book 12, Book 17).  The story commences with Astérix and Obélix in Ancient Rome pondering whether they have made a mistake travelling to the city. An explanatory flashback takes the story Lutetia, the Roman name for modern day Paris. At Lutetia, Astérix and Obélix travel as part of a dinner party that includes Chief Abraracourcix (à(...)

literary

YEAR: 1972

COUNTRY: France


René Goscinny , Albert Uderzo

Asterix at the Olympic Games [Astérix: Astérix aux Jeux olympiques] (Astérix, 12)

"In 50 BC, Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well… not entirely. One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders." The Gauls are aided by a magic potion which gives them superhuman strength, and is brewed by the druid Panoramix (Getafix in English). In late spring, the inhabitants of the village learn that the neighbouring Roman camp of Aquarium is preparing to send its champion – Claudius Cornedurus (corne d'urus, Gluteus Maximus in (...)

literary

YEAR: 1968

COUNTRY: France


René Goscinny , Albert Uderzo

Asterix in Switzerland [Astérix chez les Helvètes] (Astérix, 16)

Asterix in Switzerland is the 16th book of the Astérix adventures comic book series (see also entries for Book 4, Book 6, and Book 12).  The comic opens with Abraracourcix (à bras raccourcis, Vitalstatistix in English) sacking his shield bearers and nominating Astérix and Obélix as their replacements. While Astérix tries to object, the chief orders them to start immediately. Meanwhile, Gracchus Garovirus (gare au virus, Varius Flavus in Engl(...)

literary

YEAR: 1970

COUNTRY: France


René Goscinny , Albert Uderzo

Asterix the Gladiator [Astérix: Astérix gladiateur] (Astérix, 4)

The fourth installment in the Astérix series begins with the Prefect of Gaul, Caligula Alavacomgetepus (Odius Asparagus in English), visiting Petibonum (Compendium in English), one of the Roman camps near the Gaulish village that is home to Astérix and Obélix. He hopes to curry favour with Julius Caesar by bringing him one of the Gauls as a present, but Centurion Gracchus Nenjetépus (n'en jetez plus, Gracchus Armisurplus in English) is well aware that the Gauls ar(...)

literary

YEAR: 1964

COUNTRY: France


Marisa De Castro , Myrto Delivoria

At the Museum [Στο μουσείο (Sto mouseío)]

The purpose of this book is to introduce young children to a museum environment. The book starts with a drawing of a museum, recognisable as the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, which is compared, and with good reason, to a treasure house. In the book’s opening pages, we form an impression that a museum is as much about a massive building (with gigantic stairs and big glass doors) as about antiquities (statues and vases) and a plethora of vibrant visitors of different ethnic(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: Greece


Simon Spence

Atalanta

Atalanta offers a retelling of the myths of Atalanta the huntress for a young audience. The retelling takes a biographical form, opening with Atalanta's early childhood and ending with her living out "the rest of [her] days." This retelling might be considered a feminist retelling of the myths, as the narrator encourages the reader to approve of Atalanta's skills and independence of mind and to disagree with those who wish to limit her actions because she is female. This has th(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Emanuele Luzzati , Gianni Rodari

Atalanta. A Maiden in Greece of Gods and Heroes [Atalanta. Una fanciulla nella Grecia degli dei e degli eroi]

Atalanta. A Maiden in Greece of Gods and Heroes is an illustrated children’s novel in which Gianni Rodari recounts the myth of Atalanta by combining a respectful reading of the tradition with a rewriting imbued with his characteristic fervent imagination. The protagonist of this story is Atalanta, daughter of King Iasus of Arcadia, who is repudiated at birth and abandoned on a mountain by order of her father who desired a male heir to the throne. Little Atalanta is saved and suckled b(...)

literary

YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY: Italy


Justine Fontes , Ron Fontes , Thomas Yeates

Atalanta. The Race Against Destiny

The myth of Atalanta is retold here to familiarise young people with her myths and with ancient Greek culture more broadly. Atalanta is exposed as an infant, reared by a bear, then taken to live with hunters. She learns from the Delphic oracle that she will 'lose [her]self' if she marries. She takes part in the Calydonian boar hunt, challenges potential suitors to race her for her hand in marriage, and experiences metamorphosis once she finally marries. Chapter Headings:AbandonedFou(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United States


Justine Fontes , Ron Fontes , Thomas Yeates

Atalanta. The Race Against Destiny

United States 2007

literary