Our Mythical Childhood...

The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges

Publication: Chasing Mythical Beasts: The Reception of Ancient Monsters in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture

Classical Antiquity is strongly present in youth culture globally. It accompanies children during their initiation into adulthood and thereby deepens their knowledge of the cultural code based on the Greek and Roman heritage. It enables intergenerational communication, with the reception of the Classics being able to serve as a marker of transformations underway in societies the world over. The team of contributors from Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand focuses on the reception of mythical creatures as the key to these transformations, including the changes in human mentality. The volume gathers the results of a stage of the programme Our Mythical Childhood, supported by an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives and an ERC Consolidator Grant. Thanks to the multidisciplinary character of its research (Classics, Modern Philologies, Animal Studies) and to the universal importance of the theme of childhood, the volume offers stimulating reading for scholars, students, and educators, as well as for a wider audience. (From the Publisher’s website)


Image on the book cover: Cerberus by Maja Abgarowicz. 

The volume was published both as a hardcover and in Open Access: 

Katarzyna Marciniak, ed., Chasing Mythical Beasts: The Reception of Ancient Monsters in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture, in the series “Studien zur europäischen Kinder- und Jugendliteratur / Studies in European Children’s and Young Adult Literature” 8, Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2020, 623 pp.

Table of Contents

Open Access to the whole volume is available via the Publisher’s website

We wish to thank the Publisher Universitätsverlag Winter from Heidelberg and Ms Monika Wenzel who prepared the layout of the volume, for the excellent cooperation!

Below we invite you to have a look into the first pages of all the chapters: 

Introductory Chapter: 

Part I: In the Maze of Youth: Meeting the Minotaur 

Part II: Eye to Eye with Medusa & Co.: Facing the Female Monsters 

Part III: Horned and Hoofed: Riding into the Adulthood 

Part IV: Mythical Creatures across Time and Space: Negotiating the Bestiary 

Part V: And the Chase Goes On: The Monsters of Visual Culture 

Enjoy Reading! 

Mythical Beasts photographed by Prof. Elena Ermolaeva (Saint Petersburg University)