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Delphine Dumont

50-Minutes series. History (Series): The Battle of Marathon. The Decisive End of the First Greco-Persian War

This short educational book uses a combination of short text sections and inset text boxes to communicate the events and context of the Battle of Marathon to teenagers and young adults. The publisher asserts that this style makes the information easier to absorb and remember, serving as a sort of short course in the subject. The sections included are as follows:The Battle of Marathon: Key Information.Political and Social Context:Expansion of the Persian EmpireThe Ionian RevoltThe Aegean Strategy(...)

literary


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 of America


Ivan Aksenchuk

A Great Relay [Большая эстафета]

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 (USSR)


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

Aphrodite, Goddess of Beauty [Αφροδίτη η θεά της ομορφιάς]

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 beautif(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Greece


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


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

Ares. God of War

Part One. 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 Ar(...)

literary

YEAR: 2006


Ollie Cuthbertson, Gary Smailes

EDGE: Battle Books (Series): Marathon

This is a choose-your-own-adventure story in which the basic premise is established and the reader then makes choices that determine the development and out-come of the story. In Marathon the reader plays as Miltiades the general. Based on the choices made, the reader will then receive a ranking on their performance as general, poor, ok, good, or great, and the outcome of the battle will be either death, partial victory, or complete victory. The reader will be prompted to consider many aspects o(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore, Andrew Tunney

EDGE: I HERO: Legends (Series, Book 5): Athena

In this choose-your-own-path, the reader is Athena. Athena is punished by the gods because she helped Odysseus evade Hera’s traps. Hera and Poseidon would like to avenge these acts by punishing Athena and stripping her of her divine powers. Athena now becomes a mortal and must face challenges before she can confront Zeus and plead for her innocence. On her way to Mt. Olympus, Athena encounters mysterious creatures and faces real danger. She is chased by the fierce hunter Orion and his hunt(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


SIE Santa Monica Studio

God of War

God of War is a video game series created by Santa Monica Studio, an exclusive title for the PlayStation consoles (with the exception of God of War: Betrayal). Individual games have their separate entries, see under the name of each gameIt tells the story of a Spartan warrior – Kratos – and his adventures in the world of ancient Greece.* The series consists of the following games:God of War, 2005 for PS2;God of War II, 2007 for PS2;God of War: Betrayal, 2007 for Mobiles (Ja(...)

electronic

YEAR: 2005

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 10): Pheme the Gossip

The gossip girl Pheme is the centre of this book. Pheme appeared in many of the books so far, but always as a very marginal character who only contributed gossip. Here her story is developed. As the Goddess Girl of Gossip and Rumour, Pheme sees it as her duty and job description to get into everyone’s business and report on it, often before she thinks of the consequences of her tales. She considers her gossip an art form. Pheme’s words circle in little cloud-letters from her mouth, a(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 11): Persephone the Daring

In this installment, the rock star Orpheus arrives in the academy. His fan, Persephone, is persuaded to help him retrieve his loved one, Eurydice form the underworld. Orpheus and Eurydice are rock stars and Eurydice especially is characterized as a free spirit who does not care for rules and therefore gets into trouble and is trapped in the underworld. Their great love story of the duo is presented through their music, Eurydice being Orpheus’ muse.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 13): Athena the Proud

The students are traveling to King Minos’ new amusement park which includes a Labyrinth and a mechanical Minotaur. They also meet the King’s daughter Ariadne and the court’s inventor Daedalus. They are joined by Heracles’ cousin, Theseus. Athena, the heroine of this story, learns a valuable lesson about pride while Theseus learns how to be a hero.In the story we have two parallel stories; one about Athena and one about Theseus. Athena is the smartest girl at the academy; (...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 15): Aphrodite the Fair

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 of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 16): Medusa the Rich

In this installment of the Goddess Girls series, Medusa learns the hard way that all that glitters is not gold. Medusa, who needs to be careful not to hurt mortals with her stone gaze, deliberately asks for the golden touch. Medusa is the main heroine of the story and she accompanies Dionysus to his visit to King Midas; then she agrees to take the golden touch from the king, thinking it would resolve her financial problems. In this retelling of the myth, Midas is reluctant to have a golden touch(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 17): Amphitrite the Bubbly

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, is sum(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 18): Hestia the Invisible

In this installment, we meet Hestia, the goddess girl of the hearth. Hestia is extremely shy and tries to avoid speaking in class, for example. She even added hoods to her chitons so she can hide her face, calling this “her invisibility strategy” (p. 23). Hestia is extremely private. At school, “keeping her hooded head down and avoiding eye contact with anyone, she managed to ward off conversation.” (p. 29). The humans on earth have a contest to find an “MOA st(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 19): Echo the Copycat

In this installment, we meet Echo, the forest nymph (Oreiad nymph). We get a chance to be introduced to a different character from the usual goddesses from MOA. Echo loses her tree in a lightning-bolt accident, and blames Zeus by mistake. Her trip to MOA will teach her about friendship, copying and being true to one’s self. Echo finally finds out where she belongs and where she wants to be. Home is truly where your heart is.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 20): Calliope the Muse

In this installment, we meet Calliope, the muse of epic poetry. Calliope is new at MOA, and as a new student she is anxious and wishes to prove her worth. She used to live with her sisters, but now she wants to show them that she is already mature enough and perfectly able to take care of herself. “She wanted to stand on her own two feet, to have them see her as the almost-teenager she was!” p. 27. This is of course a universal feeling shared by almost all adolescents; the need to sh(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 21): Pallas the Pal

In this installment, two stories occur simultaneously. Pallas, Athena’s best friend from Earth, arrives for a visit and sword-dancing in the Immortal Market Place. The other story revolves around the unexpected birth of Athena’s new baby sister, Hebe. While Athena is worried about her father’s affection, Pallas is worried because she accidently broke her father’s sword during her routine. She thinks, “too bad her dad didn’t have a goddessgirl like Athena for a(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 22): Nyx the Mysterious

In this installment, we meet Nyx, the goddess of the night. 12 yrs old-Nyx is a loner. She lives alone in Hades, from where she ascends to the heaven to cover the world with a unique night-cape. Nyx is invited to MOA by Athena and Artemis as an “unsung hero”. She wishes to take this opportunity to educate the students and Zeus on the importance of night for relaxing and rejuvenating. She wishes to prove to them it is not frightening or alarming. She loves her job and is proud of it. (...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 23): Medea the Enchantress

In this installment, we meet the twelve year-old Medea, princess of Colchis. Medea’s father is very strict: “he wouldn’t let her hang out with kids he didn’t approve of.” (p. 11). While the king appears severe and controlling, he means well and just wishes to protect his only child. In this way, the authors try to explain to their readers why some parents appear stricter, namely not because they do not love their children, but quite the opposite. Nevertheless, Medea(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 3): Aphrodite the Beauty

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 of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 7): Artemis the Loyal

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 version of the encounter between Artemis and Actaeon. When (...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Super Special): The Girls Games

In this special issue, the four goddess girls, Athena, Aphrodite, Artemis and Persephone, decide to establish an all-girls Olympic Games, after girls were excluded from the regular Olympic Games. This story also shows that small ripples can make a big wave. Now even the god boys are interested in the games, as Persephone wonders, “Since when had the boys started caring so much? …. Not long ago they hadn’t even wanted the girls to have their own Games!” (pp. 205-206). The(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United States of America


Anika Fajardo, Nadine Takvorian

Hercules and His 12 Labors: An Interactive Mythological Adventure

This book allows is a "choose your own adventure" book, inviting the reader to relive the twelve labors of Hercules from a first person perspective, written in the second person, of the persona of the demi-god Hercules. There are three story paths, including a total of thirty junctions at which choices can be made for the reader’s preference. The eighteen optional endings give the reader the possibility to take ownership of the Hercules story and really feel the action themselves(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Gary Margrove

Hercules Son of God (Series, Book 5): Deceit of the Gods

This book is written as the fourth in a series of five as an exposition of the deadly threats facing our planet in the face of the Anunnaki (“relatives of Anu, ruler of the planet Nibiru”) and their attempts to take over the Earth. The author asserts that he has written this book as a service to the public, educating all as to the apocalyptic dangers that lie ahead. The writing, using second person narrative addressed to the reader, is peppered with URLs to extra reading material, bo(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013


Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, Christian Williams

Hercules: the Legendary Journeys (Series, S01E01, S01E13)

The Hercules: The Legendary Journeys franchise, starring Kevin Sorbo in the titular role, began in 1994 with a collection of five feature-length, television-movie, pilot-episodes, the popularity of which then ensured the franchises’ continuation via an established television series. The series ran for a total six seasons (1995-1999) and picked up the narrative from the where the films had concluded. The series became even more popular than the films and several spin-offs ensued, inclu(...)

audiovisual

COUNTRY: New Zealand United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 10): Hephaestus and the Island of Terror

This is the tenth book in the Heroes in Training series (see entry about Heroes in Training: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom). The Olympians are headed to Lemnos to find Artemis’ bows and arrows. On the deserted island they encounter another Olympian, Hephaestus, who presents himself as the ruler of the island due to his many mechanical inventions. Hephaestus is haughty and a braggart, and quickly challenges Zeus for the leadership of the Olympians. The Olympians must fight the islanders,(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 11): Uranus and the Bubbles of Trouble

This is the eleventh book in the Heroes in Training series (see for example Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom). The Olympians are stranded on an island in the Aegean Sea, where they witness a mighty battle between Cronus and Uranus. The father-son conflict between Uranus and Cronus reflects Cronus’ fight with his own children, the Olympians. Uranus reveals a prophecy that one day Cronus’ child will overpower him and rule everything. Along the way they meet another Olympian, the beauti(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 12): Perseus and the Monstrous Medusa

This is the twelfth book in the Heroes in Training series (see for example Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom). The Olympians are divided into smaller groups in their search for hairy snakes. This quest give them their chance to get to know each other more and also encounter a new mysterious boy, Perseus. The sudden appearance of Perseus shakes the delicate balance in the team, as most team members do not trust him. This quest also brings to the surface old tensions. When Hephaestus offers th(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Tracey West, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 13): Hermes and the Horse with Wings

This is the thirteenth book in the Heroes in Training series (see for example Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom) and the first by a new author, Tracey West. The Olympians encounter a new member, Hermes and need to try and get along with him. Meanwhile, they also help Bellepheron in his fight against the monstrous Chimera. Although until now they were more concerned in saving themselves, the Olympians now start to grow into their roles as defenders of Greece, especially as their reputation grows. (...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Craig Phillips, Tracey West

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 14): Dionysus and the Land of Beasts

This is the fourteenth book in the Heroes in Training series (see Zeus and the Tunderbolt of Doom). In this installment, the Pythia tells the Olympians they must find the last Olympian. They head to the “Land of Grapes” and meet the rock band “Dion and the Goat Guys”. The lead singer is Dionysus who turns out to be an Olympian as well. Meanwhile Apollo gets his own magical object, when his Lyre turns golden and whatever he sings about materializes. In the end the group mu(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

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

The groups is searching of 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 of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

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

This is the seventh book in the Heroes in Training series (see entry about Heroes in Training: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom). 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 of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 8): Cronus and the Threads of Dread

This is the eighth book in the Heroes in Training series (see entry about Heroes in Training: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom). The group is caught in a great battle against a giant spider and then Athena finally regains her cleverness. Then the group continues towards Cronus’ temple in the sky, where Zeus finds out an awful truth about Cronus and himself.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 9): Crius and the Night of Fright

This is the ninth book in the Heroes in Training series (see  entry about Heroes in Training: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom). Once again the group of Olympian needs to battle Cronus’ solders while trying to find Artemis, Apollo’s twin. Artemis is held under a special sleeping spell and the Olympians need to free her from her keeper and escape from his company of special warriors. Zeus will discover his great power and the responsibility that comes with it. He must learn first(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Boris Buevsky, Volodymyr Dakhno , Eduard Kirych

How Cossacks Became Olympians [Как казаки олимпийцами стали]

The movie is the fifth in a series about the Cossacks produced by Volodymyr Dakhno between 1967 and 1995. The main heroes of the series are three Cossacks – Grai, the smartest and the tallest; Oko, the smallest one, but brave and a good shot (oko means “eye” in Ukrainian); Tur, the biggest and strongest, who is shy and sentimental (tur means “aurochs” in Ukrainian). The movie starts with a scene when the Cossacks are preparing kasha (a traditional Slavic&n(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1978

COUNTRY: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)


Deirdre Barry, Richard Morss

I’m a Monster (Series, 52 Episodes)

2D animation series for children of pre-school age (4-8 years), about monsters from various parts of the world. In each episode of the series (duration: 2 minutes) we meet another character who presents himself to the audience (with the voice of an actor) and tells some fun facts about himself.* Most of presented characters are well-known – they come from mythology of different cultures, from literature, movies etc. The material is rich, colorful and original. In twelve episodes of th(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: Ireland


Cath Senker

Ladybird Histories (Series): 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


Athina Bali

Match and Learn the Greek Gods

The book contains colourful stickers and illustrations. Each page shows a description of the god and the child needs to put the right sticker. Furthermore there are several stories in the book containing moral lessons on team work, wining and losing, respecting nature etc.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Anita Ganeri , David West

Monster Fight Club (Series): Gods and Goddesses

Monster Fight Club is a series of books written in collaboration by Anita Ganeri and David West. In this series, heroes, monsters, mythical beasts, legendary figures from around the world are pitted against one another, much as in a Dungeons and Dragons battle, or computer game. Readers are presented with some context, some facts and some figures about each pair of contestants, before they enter the ring for combat. A double-page narrative, with images of the fighting figures, sums up how the fi(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United States of America


Kate McMullan

Myth-O-Mania (Series, Book 1): Have a Hot Time, Hades!

Have a Hot Time, Hades comprises seventeen chapters plus a prologue and epilogue, from the perspective of Hades, detailing his birth and the genesis of his conflict with Zeus. The prologue introduces Hades as the ruler of the Underworld and shows his distrust in myths and his readiness to set the record straight as they are all biased against him and he knows best.Chapter One, Hothead Dad, narrates the genesis of the Olympians from Mama Gaia who gave birth to Cronus, the Titan. Cronus in tu(...)

literary

YEAR: 2002

COUNTRY: United States of America


Weng Chen (Jade), Carolyn Hennesy

Mythic Misadventures (Series, Book 3): Pandora Gets Lazy

This is the third 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 the third installment, Pandora and her friends go to remove Laziness from her uncle, Atlas, who has put down his burden of holding the heavens, threatening the world with destruction. After Hera kidnaps her beloved dog Dido, Pandora finds i(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: United States of America


José Daniel Cabrera Peña, Neil Smith

Myths and Legends: Jason and the Argonauts

The book details with the quest of Jason and the Argonauts in great detail, accompanied by original paintings by the illustrator as well as maps and photos from other sources. The main story is narrated in the middle, yet there are excerpts in several chapters which illuminate other key points of the story, such as the Golden Fleece, the list of Argonauts, Jason in movies etc. This is not a fiction but rather a narration of the myth aimed at older readership. The book includes an introduction on(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United Kingdom United States of America


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


Zinovy Gerdt , Sándor Kallós , Fyodor Khitruk

Olimpioniki [Олимпионики]

This is an educational movie describing the history of the Olympic Games in the form of short funny stories. It was filmed during the 1980 Olympics held in the USSR.The movie is animated, however its last part includes found footage – documentary photo and video materials from modern Olympic Games, finishing with the Moscow Olympics. The animated material is based on ancient vase painting, sculptures, and architecture that is included extensively in the film. It talks about the origin(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)


George O'Connor

Olympians (Series, Book 10): Hermes: Tales of the Trickster

This enjoyable graphic novel is the most humorous one of the Olympians series to date. The novel takes as its frame the myth of the killing of Argus Panoptes. A traveller and his dog arrive at the field that the giant, Argus, guards, where he keeps his many eyes on a lone white cow. The traveller begins to tell the giant stories:The first is the story of the dogs' complaint. Hermes arranged for dogs to make their complaint to Zeus about being under human bondage. But they "voided their (...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United States of America


George O'Connor

Olympians (Series, Book 11): Hephaistos. God of Fire

Hephaistos, an attractive graphic novel focusing on myths connected to Hephaestus, opens with hammering reverberating around mountain tops. Hephaestus is revealed, working with his hammer, but the narrator goes on to tell a story of Prometheus. The giant elemental Titans are shown and then compared to Prometheus, a small human-like child of the Titans, but with the gift of foresight and prophecy. Living under the Titans he knows what it is to feel helpless. He chooses to live amongst the humans;(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United States of America


George O'Connor

Olympians (Series, Book 2): Athena. Grey-Eyed Goddess

These tales of Athena are narrated by the Moirae, the Fates. They are all-seeing and know what happened in the earliest times, and even what happened inside Zeus' head. They know who Athena is, and here they tell stories of her birth, followed by three stories of Athena establishing her identity: young Pallas, monster Pallas, Perseus and Medusa, and finally a story of fully-established Athena – the myth of Arachne.The Fate Klotho narrates at first. She recaps the myth of the triumph of(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United States of America


George O'Connor

Olympians (Series, Book 3): Hera. The Goddess and her Glory

Hera begins with a recap of the triumph of Zeus and the other Olympians over Kronos (from Zeus. King of the Gods). New aspects of the battle are shown, including Hera's participation in the fighting and her ability to command Zeus haughtily to assist her when she does not wish to put her full effort in ("Honestly, I almost broke a nail", she complains). Aspects of Zeus' seduction of Hera, seen in Athena. Grey-Eyed Goddess, are shown with Hera's perspective now supplementing(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States of America


George O'Connor

Olympians (Series, Book 4): Hades: Lord of the Dead

Hades is the fourth instalment in the Olympians series. The graphic novel, told in a style akin to a modern super-hero comic, introduces the Greek Underworld and tells the myth of Persephone. The story opens in darkness, with words announcing that this is what happens when you die. The narrative follows Hermes, who goes on to the banks of the Styx. With the use of a perspective familiar from first-person computer games, the reader can see "their" shadow in the water; their greeny-white(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United States of America


Sandra Jobson

Once Upon A Vase

Contents: Illustrations IntroductionThe First Story. The Story of Peleus and ThetisThe Second Story. The Trojan WarThe Third Story. The Revenge of HephaistosThe Fourth Story. Theseus and the MinotaurThe Fifth Story. Perseus and the GorgonsThe Sixth Story. The Battle of the Pygmies and the CranesThe colophon states that “Ergotimus made my vase and Kleitas painted me. Sandra Jobson has retold my story and redrawn my illustrations in my book”: “Ergotimus m’epoisen (...)

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COUNTRY: Australia


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 (...)

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COUNTRY: Greece


Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson & The Olympians (Series, Book 1): The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson is the twelve-year-old protagonist of the series and narrates the events of the book. Percy is dyslexic and has ADHD, and his behaviour leads to his expulsion from a number of schools. His life changes dramatically after his maths teacher transforms into a fury during a school trip demanding Percy return something that has been stolen. This leads to Percy discovering that he is a demigod and that the gods, heroes and monsters of Ancient Greece are in fact real and that they inhabit(...)

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YEAR: 2005

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(...)

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William Terence Deary, Dave Smith, Michael Tickner

Terry Deary's Best Ever Greek Legends (1st published as: Top Ten Greek Legends)

This is a collection of humorous retellings of myths for children designed to introduce them to Greek mythology and to ancient culture more broadly. Many of the stories are told from unusual perspectives and they are delivered in a variety of literary forms and fonts.Contents:Introduction.Legend 1: Zeus. Hera's Tale. The myth of Io told with Hera narrating events from her perspective.Fantastic Facts 1: 10 Best Victims. Summaries of myths of: Semele, Aphrodite, Echo, Nemesis, Europa, Danae, T(...)

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YEAR: 2014 / 1998

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Aleksei Simukov, Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaia

The Argonauts [Аргонавты]

Two Greek boys playing on the seashore notice a wrecked ship and an old man sitting nearby. The man, Jason, tells them the story of the ship (“Argo”) and recalls some of his friends the Argonauts (Theseus, the Dioscuri, the Boreads, Orpheus, and Heracles). He tells how the ship was built and how they journeyed to Colchis in order to find the golden fleece. Among the adventures Jason recalls moving rocks of Symplegades, Stymphalian birds, and sirens.In Colchis in order to win the gold(...)

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YEAR: 1971


Wojciech Grajkowski , Piotr Socha

The Book of Bees [Pszczoły]

Pszczoły is a large format non-fiction illustrated book. Each spread is dedicated to different topic concerning bees: their biology, production of honey, human-bees relations during history, modern beekeeping etc. Among general topics, the reader may find some connected to antiquity, presenting ancient Egypt, Greek mythology, and ancient history (Alexander the Great and Poppaea Sabina, the second wife of the emperor Nero). Also there are two newspaper-like spreads, containing briefly described f(...)

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YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Poland


Samuel Mills

The Fire Bringer

This is a retelling of the Prometheus myth told in a novel format, using a framework of a didactic opportunity in which Prometheus teaches his pupils about the origin of humanity while the gods are preparing to transition from their Greek to Roman personas. Peppered between Prometheus’ lessons are moments where Zeus sets his sites on Chastia, a young girl, and attempts to charm her by taking on different forms and capturing her. Each time Prometheus, in the guise of something else, stops h(...)

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YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: United States of America


Charity Kim, Marian Pinera

The Gift of Pandora

Five year old Pandora is being cautioned not to open a mysterious box. Her mother tells her about the mythological Pandora in order to explain the dangers of curiosity. At the end of the book there is an introduction to the series: “This volume’s collection of bedtime stories features old and beloved characters of Greek mythology together with new princes and princesses to spark your child’s imagination.”(419-20)(...)

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YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States of America


Aimée Carter

The Goddess Test (Series, Book 1): The Goddess Test

In this fantasy-romance novel for young readers, on her eighteenth birthday Kate moves to a small town in Michigan with her mother Diana, who is suffering from cancer, and wishes to be buried at home. Diana is in fact the goddess Demeter. At her new high school Kate gets to know the very popular and attractive Aphrodite and her friend Ares. Aphrodite lures Kate into a big old house called Eden Manor to introduce her to the powerful owner, an attractive and brooding man, Henry. Later it turns out(...)

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YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: Canada


Jermaine Nnamdi Carew

The Golden Gloves of Heracles & Hercules's Gauntlets: Two Stories

The story takes place in an alternate world, called Olympia, after the destruction of Earth by Ares. Ares wanted to kill Heracles and since Heracles remained on earth with his family, refusing immortality, he perished along with Earth’s population. Then Zeus and the Olympian gods created a new planet, named Olympia. Hercule is a slightly overweight kid, the laughing-stock of the school, who suddenly comes across the magical golden gloves of the legendary Heracles. When he wears the gloves,(...)

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YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Rebekka Pax

The Heart of the Harpy [Das Herz der Harpyie]

The teenage girl Milena Weyergräber suffers every night from nightmares, in which she transforms into a harpy and guides the souls of the dead into the Underworld. One night, she watches a young man John Ossin dying. He is killed by a Mafia clan called Tsirpas. Although he is already dead, Milena manages to save his soul and bring him back to life. So the supervisor harpy Aello, who has big black wings, punishes her, because Milena has frustrated the rules of the Olympians. The gods do not (...)

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YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Germany


Sulari Gentill

The Hero Trilogy (Series, Book 2): Trying War

Following immediately from the events of Chasing Odysseus, the second book of the trilogy, Trying War, continues the adventures of the young Hero and her adopted brothers, Machaon, Lycon and Cadmus. When they arrive home to rejoin the Herdsmen who live outside Troy, they find Mount Ida under attack by Amazons. The warrior women take Hero captive; a new journey begins as her brothers set out to rescue her, taking with them the nymph Oenone, Paris’ abandoned wife, and the wolf Lupa who had s(...)

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YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Australia


Avraham Regelson

The Horse’s Spring: Stories form the Greek Myth [Ein Hasus: sipurim mehamitos hyevani, עין הסוס- סיפורים מהמיתוס היווני]

A collection of mythological stories in poetic language for children. The book contains the following tales: the nine muses; Eurynome who created the world; Gaia and Uranus, and their offsprings; Rhea and Cronos; the Olympian gods; Hera throws Hephaestus; Prometheus and Epimetheus; Pandora’s box; Prometheus tricks Zeus; Prometheus steals the fire; Zeus and Leto; Zeus and Asteria; Birth of Apollo; stories about Apollo; Zeus and Mia; Hermes; Zeus and Semele; Dionysus; Silanus and Dionysus; T(...)

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YEAR: 1966

COUNTRY: Israel


Gillian Cross, Neil Packer

The Iliad

Gillian Cross' The Iliad opens with events prior to the Trojan War, starting with the three goddesses arguing over the apple. The text then moves on to a retelling of Homer's Iliad itself, before concluding with an "Afterwards" chapter relating Achilles' death, the quarrel over his armour, the wooden horse, Cassandra's insight (Virgil, Aeneid, 2.246), the fall of Troy, Diomedes' and Odysseus' post-Troy journeys, and Agamemnon's murder (see esp. Aeschylus, Ag(...)

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YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Salva Espin, Clayton Henry, Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente

The Incredible Hercules: Love and War (Series, Books 121- 125/ Book 3)

The series explores the adventures of Hercules and his companion, the teenage Amadeus Cho, the seventh smartest person in the world. The setting is semi sci-fi in which Atlantis is the main city. It is part of the Marvel universe. In the current issue Hercules and Amadeus are fighting a fierce gang of deadly amazons who declare was on Atlantis and kidnap Amadeus Cho.(...)

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YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: United States of America


Renae De Liz , Ray Dillon

The Legend of Wonder Woman: Origins

The Legend of Wonder Woman: Origins is a graphic novel retelling an updated origin story for the iconic superhero Wonder Woman. The story follows her journey from her island home of Themyscira into the outside world during World War II.In ancient times, Zeus granted the Amazon Hippolyta and her sisters immortality. They created an island of women free from greed and hatred. Their island, Themyscira, is kept secret from the rest of the world in an unknown location. As an immortal, Hippolyta is un(...)

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YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Gillian Cross, Neil Packer

The Odyssey

Gillian Cross' Odyssey is an abridged retelling of Homer's Odyssey, set in Greek antiquity. It is a retelling of ancient myth with emphasis on striking visualisation. Chapter headings:The WarTravelling into DisasterThe Giant in the CaveAeolus and CirceGhosts and MonstersStranded on Calypso's IslandNausicaaOdysseus the BeggarA Husband for PenelopeHomer's Odyssey is retold, rearranged into a more chronological order. The introduction explains the Trojan War briefly by way of e(...)

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YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Aleksei Simukov, Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaia

The Return from Olympus [Возвращение с Олимпа]

Heracles in company of Zeus’ Eagle returns to Earth for one night. In the sanctuary, they see a statue of Heracles and black figure frescoes presenting his labours (“all twelve of them”). Looking at the frescoes Heracles and the Eagle retell some of the labours. The apples of Hesperides and the liberation of Prometheus are presented as short stories within the main plot. While reminiscing about the past, the heroes discuss whether Heracles acted by the will of the gods or (...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1969

COUNTRY: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)


Robert (Bob) Blaisdell, Althea (Thea) Kliros

The Story of Hercules (in Easy-to-Read Type)

Hercules narrates his story, beginning with his birth as the mortal son of a god. He talks of how he was child prodigy in warfare, but failed at learning music. After killing the teacher that belittles him about failing at music, Hercules goes out into the world to learn what he can. After Hera challenges Zeus to prove Hercules is worthy of being immortal, Hercules jumps at the opportunity and completes twelve labours.  (...)

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YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: United States of America


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

The Twelve Gods of Olympus

The text and illustrations in the book offer a humorous overview of how the Olympian gods came to establish themselves. The book’s opening page presents snow-laden and surprisingly barren-from-trees Mount Olympus, with a bird, perhaps a blackbird but painted red-brown here, and a goat in hiking boots looking at the text, and directing readers’ attention to it. The text summarises the book, telling us where the gods lived and how they became conquerors of the world by combating beasts(...)

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YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Greece


Christina Balit, Donna Jo Napoli

Treasury of Greek Mythology

The book is divided into mini chapters in the form of character profiles. These are:Gaia – How creation took place and how Gaia chose Uranus as her husband.Uranus – How Uranus became angered at his children and imprisoned them all. How Gaia asked her children to attack Uranus. Cronus – How Cronus married Rhea and ate his own children. How Rhea tricked him.Zeus – How Zeus overthrew his father, recruited his siblings for the war against the Titans and fought the monste(...)

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YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States of America


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.(...)

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YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Poland


Andrew Dettmann, Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, Daniel Truly

Young Hercules

The Young Hercules franchise (cf. the 1998 serial of the same name, starring Ryan Gosling) is a spin-off/prequel to the Hercules: the Legendary Journeys franchise. The Young Hercules film also serves as a prequel to the Young Hercules serial (see here) and thus seeks to establish the main characters who appear in this latter production (i.e. Hercules, Iolaus, Jason, Ares, Discord and Cheiron). The narrative of the Young Hercules film is a re-telling of Jason and the Argonauts’ voyage to ob(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1998

COUNTRY: New Zealand United States of America


Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert

Young Hercules (Series)

The Young Hercules franchise (cf. the 1998 direct-to-video film of the same name, starring Ian Bohen) is intended as a spin-off/prequel to the Hercules: the Legendary Journeys franchise (henceforth, HTLJ) and its spin-off, Xena: Warrior Princess (XWP). The Young Hercules television serial follows on from the film’s conclusion, exploring Hercules’ adventures as a teenager during his time at the academy of the centaur Cheiron (a sort of training/finishing school for warriors and heroes(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1998

COUNTRY: New Zealand United States of America