Our Mythical Childhood...

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

Our Mythical Nature: Lectures and Presentations

We invite you to listen to the lectures and presentations for the conference Our Mythical Nature: The Classics and Environmental Issues in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture.
They are also available as a playlist on our YouTube channel.

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Zbigniew Karaszewski, A Girl with Doves Googling Arcadia (2020)

Rachel Bryant-Davies

School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary University of London

“The frailty of sublunary things”: Classical Myth, Pedagogical Media, and Moral Education in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Krishni Burns

Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies, University of Illinois Chicago

Mythical Skyscapes: Constellation Myths in Educational Picture Books

Veronique Dasen

Department of Historical Sciences, University of Fribourg

From Greek Amulets to Contemporary Jewellery: The Secret Agency of Nature and Animals in the Life Cycle of Young Individuals

Susan Deacy

School of Humanities, University of Roehampton

"Hercules [...] went out to a quiet place and sat, pondering" (Xenophon, Memorabilia 2.1.21): What Happened Here and Why It 'Speaks' to Autistic Children

Robin Diver

Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Birmingham

The Problem of Animals and Rape: Children's Anthology Adaptations of the God Pan

Raimund Fichtel

Department of Greek an Latin Philology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

The Venus Grotto of Ludwig II of Bavaria – The Childhood Dream of a Gentle Tiberius

Elizabeth Hale

School of Arts, University of New England

Witi Ihimaera’s “Whale Rider” and the Ulysses of the Pacific

Owen Hodkinson

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, University of Leeds

Shaggy Dog Stories: Two Novels of Odysseus' Dog Argos

Markus Janka

Department of Greek an Latin Philology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

“Mens antiqua manet” – “The Mind of Old Remains” (Ovid, “Metamorphoses” 2.485): Humanized Animals in Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” and Contemporary Children’s and Young Adults’ Literature

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Katarzyna Jerzak

Institute of Modern Languages, Pomeranian University in Słupsk

A Dead Bird and a Cenotaph: Echoes of Antiquity in Janusz Korczak’s “King Matt on the Desert Island” (1923) and Margaret Wise Brown’s “The Dead Bird” (1938)

Jan Kieniewicz

Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw

Mytho-picture: Combining Myth and Nature in the Patriotic Landscape

Przemysław Kordos

Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw

Low Fantasy, High Conscience: Ecology in Some Exomimetic Worlds

Karolina Kulpa

Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw

Antiquity Flavours in the Literary Cuisine of Małgorzata Musierowicz

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Christian Laes

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester

Antiquity's Childhood and Toys in Alfredo Bartoli's "Filius ad Matrem Reversus" (1950)

Helen Lovatt

Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Nottingham

Bernard Evslin and the Clashing Rocks

Katarzyna Marciniak

Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw

Geralt on Climate Strikes: Ancient Motifs and Ecology in Andrzej Sapkowski’s Short-Stories of the Witcher Cycle

Lisa Maurice

Department of Classical Studies, Bar-Ilan University

The God Pan in Children’s Fiction and Culture

Anna Mik

Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw

Mythical Labyrinthine Nature in Jan Bajtlik’s "Greek Myths and Mazes"

Sheila Murnaghan

Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania

The Secret Lives of Trees: Tales of Natural Transformation in Classical Myths for Children

Sonya Nevin

School of Humanities, University of Roehampton / Panoply Vase Animation Project

Imagining Africa: Classical Antiquity in the Brontë Juvenilia

Daniel A. Nkemleke, Divine Che Neba, Eleanor A. Dasi

Department of English ENS, University of Yaoundé 1

Nature Dynamics: From Descriptive to Prescriptive Nature Images in Yael Farber's "Molora"

Elżbieta Olechowska

Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw

Nothing Ancient Resonates with Children as Deeply as the Concept of an Animal Daemon. Philip Pullman’s Scenario for the Human-Animal Bond.

Beatrice Palmieri

Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies, University of Bologna / Erasmus Programme

Gianni Rodari and the Myth of Atalanta: The Role of Nature in Knowledge of Culture

Hanna Paulouskaya

Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw

Constellations of Gods in Soviet Animation

Amanda Potter

Open University

Save the Monster, Save the World: Living in Harmony with 'Monsters' in "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind"(1984) and '"Princess Mononoke" (1997)

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Marta Pszczolińska

Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw

Domestic Animals: Minimus the Mouse and Vibrissa the Cat as a Latin Learning Supporting Team in "Minimus. Starting out in Latin" Textbook

Babette Puetz

School of Languages and Cultures, Victoria University of Wellington

The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius, AD 79, in Children's Literature

Deborah H. Roberts

Department of Classics, Haverford College

Natural Disaster, Social Change: Volcanic Eruptions in Children’s Literature and the Story of Thera

Krzysztof Rybak

Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw

Serving Ancient Nature in Informational Picturebooks: Natural Products and Their Consumption in Antiquity and Beyond

Sonja Schreiner

Department of Classical Philology, Medieval and Neolatin Studies, University of Vienna

Witty Education: Environment and Nature as Atmospheric Background in Friedrich Wilhelm Zachariä's (1726–1777) Mock Heroic Poetry

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Michael Stierstorfer

Gymnasium Kloster Schäftlarn

Ancient Mythology as a Vehicle to Save Environment? The Islands of Atlantis and Helios in Current Future Fiction

Katerina Volioti

School of Humanities, University of Roehampton

A Post-humanist Perspective: Plants, Animals, and Things in Children’s Books about the Classical Past


Alessia Borriello, University of Bologna
Ludovica Lusvardi, Fashion Design at Politecnico of Milan, Theatrical Tailoring at Accademia della Scala
Martina Treu, Ancient Drama and History of Ancient Art, Università IULM, Milan
Leo Nahmias Treu

Presentation of the Game “Olympus Ready-to-Wear”