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John Bankston

A Kid’s Guide to Mythology (Series): Hercules

This book is part of a series of eight on different Greek deities. It tells the story of Hercules, half man, half god who with his god-given strength was able to overcome great obstacles. However, he was not able to overcome the greatest internal obstacle of his own anger. Starting with the episode of Hercules’ cattle being stolen, Bankston launches into a discussion of myth and the place of the myth of Hercules in the ancient world. Each chapter contains selections of the myth with other (...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Imogen Greenberg , Isabel Greenberg

Discover… (Series): The Ancient Greeks

Discover...  began in 2016. It is part of a series offering a light-hearted introduction to a range of ancient cultures, including The Roman Empire, The Ancient Aztecs, and The Ancient Egyptians.Discover... The Ancient Greeks opens with the stated intention of exploring who the ancient Greeks really were. The book is divided into 2-page sub-sections, each discussing a different aspect of ancient Greek culture.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


SIE Santa Monica Studio

God of War II

The story revolves around Kratos, a Spartan hero. The Olympian gods acknowledged his deeds presented in the first game of the series (see the entry for more info), and rewarded him with a seat on the Olympus. Since the day Kratos became the new god of war, he has been leading Sparta against other Greek poleis. The game begins with a cutscene that shows Kratos looking down on Rhodes, a new territory to claim. Athena disagrees with his methods, as he openly sides with one polis and that's why (...)

electronic

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United States of America


Javaground and Sony Online Entertainment Inc

God of War: Betrayal

The story revolves around Kratos, a Spartan warrior who helped the Olympian gods kill Ares and became the new god of war. During his journey, Kratos receives a number of weapons and magic items. In the God of War: Betrayal there are: weapons: Blades of Athena and Blade of Artemis and magic: Army of Hades and Medusa's Gaze, all of which he received in the previous game. He can also collect gorgon eyes and phoenix feathers to boost his health and mana respectively – this is a standa(...)

electronic

COUNTRY: United States of America


Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, Christian Williams

Hercules: the Legendary Journeys (Series, S02E01, S02E24)

The second season of Hercules: the Legendary Journeys utilizes the same basic structure as the first season (see relevant entry) but builds upon the momentum of the franchises’ popularity to expand the number of episodes to almost double that of the first season (13 and 22, respectively). Each episode is self-contained and depicts Hercules and his companion, Iolaus, embarking upon a quest to defeat a villain/bad-guy and/or to resolve an issue of injustice that plagues a town/village. (...)

audiovisual

COUNTRY: New Zealand United States of America


Kalliope Kyrdi, Evi Pini

Icarus Tells Stories about Statues in the National Archaeological Museum [Ο Ίκαρος αφηγείται ιστορίες για αγάλματα στο Εθνικό Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο]

A talking animal, a duck called Icarus, takes us through the galleries with sculpture at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Icarus shows us statues of males, females, and animals (as we notice also on the front cover), prompting us to pay attention to their style, meaning, and material.The value of experiential learning is emphasised in the introduction (page 3), so that teachers and parents can prepare for the museum visit. Throughout the book, Evi Pini and Kalliopi Kyrdi address bot(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Greece


The LEGO Company

Lego Minifigures (Series): Spartan Warrior

This Lego minifigure depicts a hoplite equipped with a helmet, cloak, loincloth, sandals, chest armour, spear and shield. The name of Spartan Warrior points to the ancient city state which was renowned for its military prowess.(...)

material

YEAR: 2010


Joe Infurnari , Boaz Yakin

Marathon

Marathon tells the story of the Battle of Marathon, which was fought in Greece in 490BCE. The book's focus is placed on the traditions around extraordinary running feats relating to the battle, with the runner, Eucles, acting as protagonist.The book opens in the years before the Battle of Marathon, when Athens was ruled by the tyrant, Hippias, son of Peisistratus. Eucles, at this time, is a child slave. After Eucles being noticed for his speed, Hippias takes him on as his messenger, but warn(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United States of America


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

My First Mythology (Series): Leonidas and the battle at Thermopylae

As we read in the opening page, this book is about a person who left his mark on Greek history. We learn about his family background. Leonidas’ father, Anaxandridas, was king of Sparta. Leonidas, like other Spartan boys, received military training. When he became king, he had to take action against the Persians who invaded Greece. Leonidas consulted an oracle about what to do, and gathered together leaders from other Greek city-states to discuss whether or not to surrender to the Persians.(...)

literary

COUNTRY: Greece


Weng Chen (Jade), Carolyn Hennesy

Mythic Misadventures (Series, Book 4): Pandora Gets Heart

This is the fourth installment in a series of books called Mythic Misadventures that takes the classic story of Pandora’s box and gives it a young, adventurous, partly contemporary twist – Pandora is Prometheus’ thirteen-year-old daughter. In this book, the group must travel to the past in order to find Lust, hidden in a golden apple. But they must be careful not to change history since this apple is the one that starts the story of Paris, Troy, and Helen of Sparta. Since (...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United States of America


Jennifer Estep

Mythos Academy (Series, Book 1): Touch of Frost

This is the first volume of the Mythos Academy series of paranormal fantasy novels for young readers. After the untimely death of her parents, seventeen year old Gwen(dolyn) Frost attends the so called Mythos Academy, a boarding school for teenagers who descend from mythical nations, gods, and warrior races. There she is trained as a future powerful fighter against Loki, the Nordic god of chaos, and his thugs called the Cutter, who help him to get control over the world. Gwen owns a powerful gif(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States of America


Manuela Adreani

Odyssey [Odissea]

The book is based on the plot of the original Homeric epic – it is the story of Odysseus, who after the fall of Troy wanders the seas trying to come back to his home island of Ithaca. At the same time on Ithaca, Odysseus’ son Telemachus and his wife – Penelope, are struggling with the suitors who attempt to force the Queen into re-marriage. Telemachus decides to leave Ithaca to find some news about his father. Odissea in the adaptation of Giorgio Ferrero, presents the same thre(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Italy


Coffee Powered Machine

Okhlos

Okhlos' protagonist is an unnamed philosopher, enraged with the gods' indifference towards mortals and their well-being. The breaking point comes with the destruction of the School of Athens (obviously based on Raphael’s famous frescoes) - one of the Olympians crashes it with his foot, leaving almost no survivors. The only one left alive, the philosopher, says "enough!" and mobilizes the Athenians to overthrow Olympus' cruel regime and start a new life with freedom th(...)

electronic

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Argentina


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

Paris and Beautiful Helen [Ο Πάρις και η ωραία Ελένη]

The story starts with pregnant Hecuba, Queen of Troy, having a bad dream. The seer Aesacus advises Hecuba to kill her child. If she does not Troy will be destroyed. Priam asks a herdsman to abandon the newborn child in the mountains. The herdsman leaves the baby under an olive tree. When he returns in a week’s time he sees the infant playing with a bear and decides to raise the child as his own. He names the child Paris. The years go by and Paris becomes handsome and good with words. When (...)

literary

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

Pericles and the Golden Century [Ο Περικλής και ο Χρυσός Αιώνας]

The purpose of this book is to present Pericles’ life, from childhood to death, and politics and warfare during Athens’ “Golden Age”, as noted in the subtitle. The front cover shows a helmeted and bearded Pericles before his major construction project, the Parthenon. Builders are shown carrying a Doric capital for the façade’s eighth column, which is missing from the incomplete temple. Yet, we are not in ancient Athens only. At the bottom of the cover, a grou(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: Greece


Terence (Terry) David John Pratchett

Pyramids

Pyramids is set in the fictional Djelibeybi (or the Djel), the tiny, powerless remains of an empire whose only importance is as a strategic block between its neighbours, Tsort and Ephebe. Pteppic/Teppic, the crown prince, has been training at the Assassin’s Guild in Ankh-Morpork. Returning to the kingdom following his father’s death, Teppic discovers that he has no real power, and the real ruler is Dios, the ancient high priest. After an unfortunate series of misunderstandings in whi(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Joan Holub, Dani Jones

Ready-to-Read (Series): Surprise, Trojans! The Story of the Trojan Horse

This is an illustrated retelling of the Trojan War for a young readership, from the escape of Helen and Paris to the Trojan Horse. The main focus I son the Trojan horse which the Trojans unsuspectedly receive as a present. They celebrate the reception of the horse and the end of the Trojan War and they do not realize the horse is part of the Greeks’ plan to attack Troy.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Pierce Brown , Rik Hoskin , Eli Powell

Red Rising: Sons of Ares

Red Rising: Sons of Ares is the graphic novel prequel to the novels of the hugely popular Red Rising science-fiction series. The series imagines a rigidly hierarchical interplanetary society which takes much of its form from ancient Greek myths of the ages of humans and from ancient Roman culture. While the main series witnesses an uprising by the Sons of Ares, a terrorist group who fight against oppression, Red Rising: Sons of Ares takes readers back to the origins of the rebellion.The sto(...)

literary


Dave Filoni, George Lucas

Star Wars (Series, S01-S05): The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a 3D CGI animated television series set during the period between the Star Wars films Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005). The Star Wars stories are set in a distant galaxy which includes a great number of planets and which is inhabited by an enormous range of sentient, non-sentient, and robotic life-forms. A powerful energy known as "the Force" binds the galaxy together and can be channelled by "Force sensitive" living(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United States of America


Richard Bonson, Stewart Ross

Tales of the Dead (Series): Ancient Greece

The book’s main story takes place in 416BC 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 succes(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United States of America


TED , Amy Adkins , Armand D’Angour, Matt Kaplan , Craig Zimmer

TED-Ed Lessons Worth Sharing, Series World’s People and Places: The Scientific Origins of the Minotaur / The Ancient Origins of the Olympics / This is Sparta – Fierce Warriors of the Ancient World

The Scientific Origins of the MinotaurThe video starts with a short synopsis of the Minotaur’s myth: beneath the palace of king Minos lives a dreadful monster whose roar makes the earth shake. The tale has possibly been invented in order to explain some natural phenomena, unexplainable in the ancient times. The earliest accounts about the Minotaur do not speak of a human-bull hybrid, but underline that he lives under ground and produces earthshaking sounds. As such hybrids are mythical and(...)

ephemeral

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Online


Witold Makowiecki, Robert Pawlicki

The Adventures of Melikles the Greek [Przygody Meliklesa Greka]

The Mediterranean basin during the last years of reign of the pharaoh Apries (ca. 570 BC). Melikles, a 16-year old Greek from Miletus, is kidnapped by Phoenician corsairs and sold as a slave in Carthage. Kallias, a sailor from Syracuse, buys the boy with the help of Nehurabhed, a Median high priest. Nehurabhed heads for Egypt as an envoy to negotiate peace in the conflict between Greeks and Egyptians, and brings Melikles with him. Unfortunately, Phoenicians who also interfere in Egyptian politic(...)

literary

YEAR: 1947

COUNTRY: Poland


Evi Pini, Elisa Vavouri

The Trojan War. The Beginning of History [Τρωικός Πόλεμος. Η αρχή της ιστορίας]

Evi Pini explains how the Trojan War started. The text takes the form of a fairy tale, as implied by the standard phrase “once upon a time” (my translation) at the very beginning. The book begins with Eris and ends with Iphigeneia’s last-minute rescue from being sacrificed to Artemis. Neither fighting nor bloodshed is presented. Instead, we have an account of human and divine passions and emotions, as well as a description of logistical preparations for going to war. Child(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Greece


John Malam, Peter Rutherford , David Salariya

The Wooden Horse of Troy

The book presents a variant of the myth of Troy. The story of the building of the city walls by Poseidon, Apollo, and Aeacus is followed by the story of the judgement of Paris and its consequences, direct: the reward for giving the first place to Aphrodite, and indirect: the Trojan War. The author describes the fight between the Trojans and the Greeks, the secret help of the gods, the disputes between the warriors in each of the camps (e. g. Agamemnon's quarrel with Achilles, Ajax vs. Hector(...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Piotr Fąfrowicz, Zofia Stanecka

Troy [Troja. Historia upadku miasta (Czytam sobie series)]

The story is a brief description of the Trojan War written for children aged 6–7 who learn how to read. The classical story begins and ends with a pacifist message saying that every war, even if it generates stories about heroic deeds, is also a dreadful event which causes tears and leaves towns in ruins.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Poland