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Nikos Kazantzakis

Alexander the Great / In the Time of Alexander the Great [Μέγας Αλέξανδρος / Στα χρόνια του Μεγαλέξανδρου (Megas Alexandros / Sta chronia tou Megalexandrou)]

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


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

Aristophanes Comedies [Οι Κωμωδίες Του Αριστοφάνη (Oi komodies tou Aristofani)] (Series): The Frogs [Βάτραχοι (Vatrachoi)]

The book opens with a presentation of the main characters in the plot. The Greeks, we read, believed that dead people descended to the underworld, to Hades. Dionysos, however, wanted to bring a great poet back to the world of the living. Hence, Dionysos, disguised as Herakles, made his way to Hades together with his servant, Xanthias. The real Herakles helped Dionysos with directions. When they reached a bottomless lake, Charos, who had a boat, refused to take Xanthias’ donkey on board. Th(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: Greece


Marisa De Castro, Myrto Delivoria

At the Museum [Στο μουσείο]

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 giant stairs and big glass door) as about antiquities (statues and vases) and a plethora of vibrant visitors of different ethnic backgroun(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: Greece


Athena. Classics Illustrated, no. 216. From the Mythology and History of Greece [Αθηνά. Κλασσικά Εικονογραφημένα, Νο. 216. Από την Μυθολογία και την Ιστορία της Ελλάδος]

This comic book is about the goddess Athena. On the inside of the front cover, we read about Athena’s temples on the Acropolis, her motherless status, and her many adjectives, which, we note, derive from Homer. Also, we learn about festivals honouring Athena. The book closes with Pericles praising Athena’s virtues. The story starts with young and beautiful Athena’s presentation to the world. She stands in Zeus’ hand, as he sits in a throne surrounded by other Olympia(...)

literary

YEAR: 1965

COUNTRY: Greece


The Acropolis Museum

Color the Peplos Kore | Χρωμάτισε την Πεπλοφόρο

This interactive game disseminates the Acropolis Museum’s research into the colour of the archaic sculptures in its collection. Players are invited to colour one of the most notable statues, the Peplos Kore. The game is intended as a stand-alone activity at home, although it also provides an online complement to the "Archaic Colors" family backpack which enables visitors to discover statues in Museum which retain some colour. Users are shown a photograph of the statue in its curr(...)

electronic

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Greece


Evangelia Desypris, Daniela Stamatiadis

Creative Entertainment [Διαθεματικές Δραστηριότητες (Diathematikes Drastiriotites)] (Series): Getting to know the olive [Γνωρίζω την ελιά (Gnorizo tin elia)]

The opening pages inform that olive oil is precious and its production labour-intensive. Oil goes well with food that is consumed on a daily basis, such as bread and salad. Next, children are asked to count the number of olives on branches and to estimate the capacity of oil containers of different shapes. Then, children are taken back to the past, to the mythic contest between Athena and Poseidon, the Olympic Games, and the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In the closing page there are instr(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

Greek Mythology [Ελληνική Μυθολογία (Elliniki Mythologia)] (Series): Achilles and Hector [Αχιλλέας και Έκτορας (Achilleas kai Ektoras)]

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


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

Greek Mythology [Ελληνική Μυθολογία (Elliniki Mythologia)] (Series): Daedalus and Icarus [Δαίδαλος και Ίκαρος (Daidalos kai Ikaros)]

Daedalus was a celebrated sculptor who produced life-looking statues in Athens. People admired Daedalus’ work, but praised also Daedalus’ nephew, Talos. When Talos was found dead, the Athenians thought that Daedalus might have been envious and killed Talos. Daedalus left for Crete. King Minos asked Daedalus to build a prison to confine the Minotaur, a monster with a human body but a bull’s head and tail. For many years Daedalus lived in King Minos’ palace. He had a b(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

Greek Mythology [Ελληνική Μυθολογία (Elliniki Mythologia)] (Series): Jason and the Argonauts [Ο Ιάσονας και η Αργοναυτική Εκστρατεία (O Iasonas kai i Argonaftiki)]

Mandilaras’ narrative starts with Jason’s childhood on Mount Pelion and ends with the hero’s adventures in Colchis. Aeson, Jason’s father, entrusted the child Jason to the centaur Chiron. When he turned twenty Jason headed for Iolcus to dethrone Pelias, his uncle. At a river crossing, Jason assisted an elderly woman, who was the goddess Hera in disguise. Jason lost one sandal in the river. King Pelias was terrified when he saw Jason. He remembered an oracle that he w(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

Greek Mythology [Ελληνική Μυθολογία (Elliniki Mythologia)] (Series): Odysseus' Journey [Το ταξίδι του Οδυσσέα (To taxidi tou Odyssea)]

The author and the illustrator offer an entertaining account of a well-known story about Odysseus, his companions, and their travels to foreign lands. Ancient figures are made accessible by resembling personas from modern popular culture.The account begins with the fact that Odysseus sailed from Troy with 12 ships and reached the land of Kikones. Subsequently, Mandilaras writew about the land of the Lotus Eaters, Odysseus’ dealings with the Cyclops Polyphemos, and the damages to the fleet (...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

Greek Mythology [Ελληνική Μυθολογία (Elliniki Mythologia)] (Series): Paris and Beautiful Helen [Ο Πάρις και η ωραία Ελένη (O Paris kai i oraia Eleni)]

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

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

Greek Mythology [Ελληνική Μυθολογία (Elliniki Mythologia)] (Series): The Golden Fleece [Το χρυσόμαλλο δέρας (To chrysomalo deras)]

King Athamas, prompted by his second wife Ino, intends to sacrifice his son, Phrixus, but a golden ram appears and carries Phrixus away. Phrixus and his sister, Helle, ride the flying ram across the seas. Helle falls to her death over a narrow sea passage. At Colchis, Phrixus sacrifices the ram to Zeus and offers its golden fleece to king Aeetes. A dragon guards the fleece. Many years later, Jason requests the golden fleece from Aeetes. To receive it Jason is tasked with ploughing the land (...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

Greek Mythology [Ελληνική Μυθολογία (Elliniki Mythologia)] (Series): The Trojan Horse [Ο δούρειος ίππος (O doueios ippos)]

After Achilles’ death, morale was low in the Achaean army. Odysseus came up with a cunning plan for capturing Troy. Agamemnon agreed to the plan “with a heavy heart”, because the operation was risky. Epeius was tasked with constructing a large wooden horse with a hollow stomach to accommodate one thousand soldiers. Once completed, an inscription was carved on the horse’s head reading “a present by the Achaeans to Athena”. Next, the Achaeans burnt their camp an(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

Greek Mythology [Ελληνική Μυθολογία (Elliniki Mythologia)](Series): Herakles [Ο Ηρακλής (O Iraklis)]

At the book’s very beginning we read about the conception of Herakles by Zeus and Alkmene. This affair made Hera jealous. Mandilaras presents Herakles’ labours in the following order: the Nemean Lion; the Lernean Hydra; the Erymanthean Boar; the Hind of Artemis; the Stymphalian Birds; the Augean Stables; the Cretan Bull; the Horses of Diomedes; the Belt of Hippolyte; Geryon's Cattle; the Cerberus; and the Apples of the Hesperides. Each labour is mentioned briefly, as is appropria(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Greece


Anastasia D. Makri, Akis Melachris

I Love Mythology [Αγαπω Τη Μυθολογια (Agapo ti Mythologia)] (Series): Prometheus-Pandora’s Box [Προμηθέας - Το κουτί της Πανδώρας (Promitheas - To kouti tis Pandoras)]

This book adapts stories about Prometheus and Pandora for children. The stories are accompanied  by colourful illustrations. The story of Prometheus begins with his parentage (Themis and Iapetus) and with his gift to mankind. The author tells that he first gave them intelligence and how he taught them arts, sciences and how to fight. He then stole fire for them and consequently was punished by Zeus for this act. Prometheus is later saved by Heracles who pleads with Zeus for him.The second s(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: Greece


Evi Pini, Elisa Vavouri

I Read Mythology [Διαβάζω μυθολογία (Diavazo mythologia)] (Series): The Trojan War. The Beginning of History [Τρωικός Πόλεμος. Η αρχή της ιστορίας (Troikos Polemos. I archi tis istorias)]

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


Thetis Authentics Ltd.

Knucklebones and Marbles [αστράγαλοι και βώλοι]

The Thetis Authentics range of puzzles and games are reproductions of sections of ancient vases, recreated on flat ceramic plaques, and, as in this instance, reproductions of ancient games. The Thetis website describes the puzzles as “archaeologically inspired” and as “museum quality ancient ceramic replicas”. In this instance, the set consists of two sets of play things: a set of six ceramic knuckle-bones decorated with a “K”, and a set of six ceramic spheres(...)

material

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Greece


Marisa De Castro, Mark Weinstein

Let’s go to Nafplio! Short City Guides [Πάμε στο Ναύπλιο]

The book starts with an illustration of a typical nuclear family in a car, mother and father at the front (with dad behind the wheel), and daughter and son at the back. The red-blond hair for mother and son could imply that this is a family of foreign visitors to Greece, who drive to Nafplio from other Greek cities. Subsequently, we see a simplified map of the Peloponnese and southern central Greece, dotted with places of interest, such as the Corinth Canal. Nemea is marked with a drawing of a m(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: Greece


Anna Gkoutzouri

My First Greek Myths [Η μικρή μου μυθολογία (I mikri mou mythologia)] (Series): Heracles [Ηρακλής (Iraklis)]

Heracles is part of the "My First Greek Myths" board book series by Anna Gkoutzouri. The book features interactive levers that allow you to push, pull, and slide palimpsestic images revealing various characters from the Heracles myth. These reveals also allow for playful plot developments. There are four, thick double-page spreads in total in the book. In the cover image, Heracles is flanked in a characteristic lion’s mane, bearing a sword and fiery torch. He approaches what is p(...)

literary

YEAR: 2019

COUNTRY: Greece


Anna Gkoutzouri

My First Greek Myths [Η μικρή μου μυθολογία (I mikri mou mythologia)] (Series): The Trojan Horse [Ο Δούρειος Ίππος (O Doureios Ippos)]

The Trojan Horse is part of the "My First Greek Myths" series of babies' board books, by Anna Gkoutzouri. The cover image depicts the Trojan Horse and contains a surprise for readers. Sliding the middle panel upwards as a small arrow directs, reveals several pairs of eyes inside the belly of the horse. Two guards also pop up in the turrets of the castle. At the same time, bars slide across on the right-hand side of the page and the beautiful Helen is revealed at her windowsill, smi(...)

literary

YEAR: 2019

COUNTRY: Greece


Anna Gkoutzouri

My First Greek Myths [Η μικρή μου μυθολογία (I mikri mou mythologia)] (Series): The Twelve Gods of Olympus [Οι δώδεκα Θεοί του Ολύμπου (Oi dodeka theoi tou Olympou)]

The Twelve Gods of Olympus is a board book, a part of Anna Gkoutzouri's charming "My First Greek Myths" series. The book introduces three of the Gods per page and mentions what they were rulers of. Zeus is introduced as the overriding leader of the twelve gods of Olympus. Hera is introduced as his wife. Ares the war god - their son - appears when a lever on the right-hand side of the page is pulled, running after Hera who is waving a white handkerchief in farewell from her horse-dr(...)

literary

YEAR: 2019

COUNTRY: Greece


Anna Gkoutzouri

My First Greek Myths [Η μικρή μου μυθολογία (I mikri mou mythologia)] (Series): Theseus and the Minotaur [Θησέας και Μινώταυρος (Thiseas kai Minotavros)]

On the cover of this charming board book which has four double-page spreads in total, Ariadne stands with her string, ready to help Theseus who stands to her right. With the pull of a small lever, a Minotaur appears sandwiched between the two figures, waving a tiny toy drum. On the first page of the story we encounter Minos, who demands that he receive fourteen youths to serve him each year. Seven female-presenting youths are holding little boxes with the numbers 1-6 on them. When a lever on the(...)

literary

YEAR: 2019

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

My First History [Η Πρώτη μου Ιστορία (I Proti mou Istoria)] (Series): Crete – From Minos to Today [Κρήτη – Από τον Μίνωα ως σήμερα (Kriti – Apo ton Minoa os simera)]

The narrative starts by making a point of Crete’s unique geographical location. The island resembles a bridge between Europe, Asia, and Africa. The book explains that Crete has seen lots of activity ever since its first inhabitants arrived eight thousand years ago. Crete has been far from a quiet place also because of its mythological connections. We are told that Zeus grew up here and brought Europa to the island. The giant Talos protected Crete end to end. Later, King Minos built the lab(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

My First History [Η Πρώτη μου Ιστορία (I Proti mou Istoria)] (Series): Leonidas and the Battle at Thermopylae [Ο Λεωνίδας (O Leonidas)]

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

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

My First History [Η Πρώτη μου Ιστορία (I proti mou Istoria)] (Series): Pericles and the Golden Century [Ο Περικλής και ο Χρυσός Αιώνας (O Periklis kai o Chrysos Aionas)]

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


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

My First History [Η Πρώτη μου Ιστορία (I Proti mou Istoria)] (Series): Solon. The Wise Statesman [Σόλωνας, ο σοφός νομοθέτης (Solonas, o sofos nomothetis)]

Solon is presented, right from the book’s opening page, as a wise and well-travelled individual who set the foundations of Athenian democracy. The city-states of Solon’s time were governed by tyrants. Solon travelled around the world, studying the laws of different places. When he returned to Athens, the book continues, people were distressed that the Megarians had taken over Salamis. After Solon’s motivational speech in the Agora, the Athenians followed his crafty plan to figh(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

My First History [Η Πρώτη μου Ιστορία (I Proti mou Istoria)] (Series): The Battle of Marathon [Η μάχη του Μαραθώνα (I machi tou Marathona)]

The textual and pictorial narrative starts with a contemporary setting: parents and children enjoy the sun and the sea in a crowded beach, ‘Marathon Beach’. As we read in red letters, this is the place where an important battle in history happened. We turn the page, and we are introduced to the Persian Empire, its geographical vastness and its great King, Darius I. By contrast, the reader comes to appreciate, Greece is much smaller. In the Greek city-states decisions were reached dem(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

My First History [Η Πρώτη μου Ιστορία (I Proti mou Istoria)] (Series): The Cyclades: Jewels in the Aegean [Κυκλάδες. Πετράδια στο Αιγαίο (Kyklades. Petradia sto Aigaio)]

This book offers an informative and concise overview of the history and culture of the Cycladic islands for young children. The narrative starts with a reference to the Aegaeis to a continental shelf with mountains and plains that covered the present-day Aegean Sea. The book recounts how the earth trembled and everything was covered with water. Only the tops of the mountains stayed above sea level. Leto found refuge to give birth to her children in one of the rocks sticking out of the sea. This (...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

My First History [Η Πρώτη μου Ιστορία (I proti mou Istoria)] (Series): The Olympic Games [Οι Ολυμπιακοί Αγώνες (Oi Olympiakoi Agones)]

In this book, Mandilaras and Kapatsoulia chart the history of the Olympic Games. The origins of the Games are to be found in myth. According to the book, Heracles liked the location near the rivers Alpheus and Cladeus, and he decided to honour his father there. Hence, Heracles built an altar to Zeus and organised games at that place. We read that according to another version of the myth, the first Games were organised by Heracles Idaios, one of the Kouretas that kept company to infant Zeus. Yet (...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

My First History [Η Πρώτη μου Ιστορία (I Proti mou Istoria)] (Series): Thessaloniki – Town at the Crossroads of Two Worlds [Θεσσαλονίκη, πόλη στο σταυροδρόμι δύο κόσμων (Thessaloniki, poli sto stavrodromi dyo kosmon)]

The book starts by mentioning the different peoples that have lived in Thessaloniki. The city is said to have been named by Cassander, one of Alexander the Great’s successors, after Alexander’s sister, who was a mermaid. Cassander founded Thessaloniki as a great trading port. The Romans built a road that connected East with West, as well as palaces and arches. Later, we are told, when Constantinople became a capital city, Thessaloniki served as a co-capital city. Thessaloniki was bes(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

My First Mythology [Η Πρώτη μου Μυθολογία (I Proti mou Mythologia)] (Series): Aphrodite, Goddess of Beauty [Αφροδίτη η θεά της ομορφιάς (Afroditi i thea tis omorfias)]

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


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

My First Mythology [Η Πρώτη μου Μυθολογία (I Proti mou Mythologia)] (Series): Apollo and Artemis [Απόλλωνας και Άρτεμη (Apollonas kai Artemi)]

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


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

My First Mythology [Η Πρώτη μου Μυθολογία (I Proti mou Mythologia)] (Series): Hermes. The god for all chores [Ερμής, ο θεός για όλες τις δουλειές (Ermis, o theos gia oles tis douleies)]

The book begins by explaining that Hermes is known for helping the thieves, for serving as the messenger of the Olympians, for befriending heroes, and for travelling to the underworld. Zeus fell in love with the nymph Maia, who gave birth in a cave. While Maia was asleep, we are told, baby Hermes stepped out of his cradle and started wandering in the forest. Inventive Hermes made a lyre out of a turtle’s tortoiseshell. Soon, tired of singing, Hermes became hungry. In search for food, he wa(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

My First Mythology [Η Πρώτη μου Μυθολογία (I Proti mou Mythologia)] (Series): Poseidon. The sea god [Ποσειδώνας. Ο Θεός της θάλασσας (Poseidonas. O theos tis thalassas)]

Poseidon, we are told, lives in the depths of the sea and always carries a trident. When he gets angry, he can upset the sea and cause earthquakes. We turn the page, and we are offered biographical information. Poseidon was Cronus’ and Rhea’s son. Cronus swallowed five of his children, so that they could not challenge his leadership of the Titans. Sorrowful Rhea, when she had a sixth baby, she gave a stone to Cronus to devour. So, we are told, Zeus grew up and became strong and overt(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

My First Mythology [Η Πρώτη μου Μυθολογία (I Proti mou Mythologia)] (Series): The Twelve Gods of Olympus [Οι 12 θεοί του Ολύμπου (Oi 12 theoi tou Olympou)]

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(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

My First Mythology [Η Πρώτη μου Μυθολογία (I proti mou Mythologia)] (Series): Theseus [Ο Θησέας (O Thiseas)]

The book aims to educate young learners about Theseus, presenting in a compact and entertaining manner episodes from Theseus’ life. The textual and visual narrative starts with Theseus’ parents, Aegeus and Aethra, and ends with the hero’s long rule as a wise king of Athens. The plot unfolds like a fairy tale, as is appropriate for a story about the four kings mentioned: Aegeus, Theseus, Pittheus, and Minos. There is constant action and we move on swiftly from one event to (...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia, Filippos Mandilaras

My First Mythology [Η Πρώτη μου Μυθολογία (I Proti mou Mythologia)](Series): Dionysos, the Merry God [Διόνυσος, ο κεφάτος θεός (Dionysos, o kefatos theos)]

Philippos Mandilaras recounts Dionysos’ life and the god’s contribution to the wine and performance culture of ancient and modern times. Mandilaras’ text is predominantly in verses that rhyme, facilitating memorisation by children of pre-school age. Children can repeat after a teacher reads the text. Some text, e.g., Semele’s conversations with Hera and Zeus, appears in speech bubbles. The interactive experience of reading and performing fits Dionysos’ festive ambie(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: Greece


Thetis Authentics Ltd.

Ostrakon [όστρακον]

The Thetis Authentics Ostrakon game challenges people to "excavate" a slab of plaster to discover reproductions of pottery fragments (ostracons or "ostraca"). One of the fragments will be an imitation of an ostracon used in a political ostracism – an occasion when adult male Athenians of the classical period would scratch (or get someone else to scratch) onto a sherd of pottery the name of an individual whom they wished to see exiled from the city for a certain limited (...)

electronic

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: Greece


Thetis Authentics Ltd.

Pinax. Gods and Heroes [πίναξ. θεοί και Ηρωες] (Series): Athena [Αθηνά]

The Thetis Authentics puzzles are reproductions of sections of scenes from ancient vases, each recreated on a flat ceramic plaque (pinax) which has then been broken into 9-12 sherds. In this archaeologist role-play game, the challenge is to reassemble the vase scene using the sherds. The Thetis website describes the puzzles as "archaeologically inspired" and as "museum quality ancient ceramic replicas". These descriptions are based on the unusual nature of the reproductions &(...)

electronic

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: Greece


Thetis Authentics Ltd.

Pinax. Gods and Heroes [πίναξ. θεοί και Ηρωες] (Series): Heracles [Ηρακλής]

For a summary introduction to the series, please see the Pinax. Gods and Heroes. Athena [πίναξ. θεοί και Ηρωες. Αθηνά] entry in this database.This particular pinax shows Heracles fighting the Lernaean Hydra, a scene from the Twelve Labours. There is a cardboard mount that can be used to display the pieces once the scene has been assembled.(...)

electronic

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: Greece


Thetis Authentics Ltd.

Pinax. Gods and Heroes [πίναξ. θεοί και Ηρωες] (Series): Theseus [Θησέας]

For details summarising the game series, please see Pinax. Gods and Heroes. Athena [πίναξ. θεοί και Ηρωες. Αθηνά] entry in this database.This particular puzzle should have shown Theseus fighting the Minotaur, but the wrong puzzle was included in the box so that instead it features an incomplete puzzle of Odysseus blinding the Cyclops (the manufacturers have been contacted for comment). Ther(...)

electronic

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: Greece


Playmobil Group

Playmobil Play + Give (Series): Greek God Zeus

The figure is wearing traditional ancient Greek dress with a purple cloak around its shoulders. Upon the edge of the dress, much like with the Athena figure which was released at the same time, there is a geometric motif that reinforces the "Greekness" of the figure. The figure is crowned with a golden laurel garland, which identifies it as a king, or leader. In combination with the long white beard, and white hair of an older man the figure is identified also as a patriarch.Much like (...)

material

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Greece


Playmobil Group

Playmobil Play + Give (Series): Greek Goddess Athena

Many of the historical sets feature Roman military figures including: Roman soldiers, Roman troops, a Roman military ship, a chariot, and a tribune. Playmobil historical sets concern themselves primarily with Roman and Egyptian history. This differs from the stance of LEGO minifigures which include Greek and Roman historical and mythological figuresThe Playmobil Play & Give initiative was introduced in November 2012, supporting the ELPIDA association (Association of Friends of Children with (...)

material

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Greece


Marisa De Castro, Mark Weinstein

Shall we go to Delphi? [Πάμε στους Δελφούς;]

Here we have a guide to Delphi in central Greece, "one of the most sacred locations for the ancient Greeks" (my translation), as we read in the opening page. Mythology, archaeology and art history feature prominently in this booklet, accounting for the site’s significance.  (...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: Greece


Eleni Svoronou , Mark Weinstein

Short City Guides [Μικροί Οδηγοί Πόλεων (Mikroi Odigoi Poleon)] (Series): Shall we go to Athens? [Πάμε στην Αθήνα; (Pame stin Athina?)]

The book’s purpose is to offer young children an overview of Athens’ history and monuments. The author and the illustrator invite children to walk through Athens, to observe sights and architecture, and to think logically and creatively via the book’s exercises. The front cover depicts the Parthenon and the New Acropolis Museum. These two buildings appear on more pages of the book. Readers will likely form an impression, and with good reason, that this guide is mostly abou(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: Greece


Marisa De Castro

Short City Guides [Μικροί Οδηγοί Πόλεων (Mikroi Odigoi Poleon)] (Series): Let’s Go to Crete! [Πάμε στην Κρήτη; (Pame stin Kriti?)]

Marisa Decastro and Mark Weinstein take young children and their guardians on a sightseeing tour of Crete, which is, as we read in the opening page, Greece’s largest island. Children are encouraged to mark places of interest on a sketch-map of Crete. The exploration of Crete starts with its diverse landscapes. These range from high mountains with gorges to plains with olive groves. Mention is made of the Cretan ibex, the so-called “kri-kri”, an indigenous wild goat. The descrip(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: Greece


Kalliope Kyrdi, Evi Pini

Short Museum Guides [Μικροί Οδηγοί Μουσείων (Mikroi Odigoi Mouseion)] (Series): Argos Tells Stories from the Mycenaean Period in the National Archaeological Museum [Ο Άργος αφηγείται ιστορίες από τη μυκυναϊκή εποχή στο Εθνικό Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο]

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


Kalliope Kyrdi, Evi Pini

Short Museum Guides [Μικροί Οδηγοί Μουσείων (Mikroi Odigoi Mouseion)] (Series): Ariadne Tells Stories from the Cycladic Period in the National Archaeological Museum [Η Αριάδνη αφηγείται ιστορίες από την κυκλαδική εποχή στο Εθνικό Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο]

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


Kalliope Kyrdi, Evi Pini

Short Museum Guides [Μικροί Οδηγοί Μουσείων (Mikroi Odigoi Mouseion)] (Series): Glafki at the Athenian Agora [Με τη Γλαύκη στην Αρχαία Αγορά της Αθήνας (Me ti Glafki stin Archaia Agora tis Athinas)]

The opening page, entitled “instead of a preface,” explains that the book is about an explorative journey to the past, for which teachers and parents can prepare children before visiting the Agora. A talking bird will guide children throughout the book. Appropriately for Athens, the bird is an owl called “Glafki”, and we are given information about an owl’s symbolism in ancient Greece and about owls nesting in the Acropolis today. An illustration with a reconstructe(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Greece


Kalliope Kyrdi, Evi Pini

Short Museum Guides [Μικροί Οδηγοί Μουσείων (Mikroi Odigoi Mouseion)] (Series): 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


Kalliope Kyrdi, Evi Pini

Short Museum Guides [Μικροί Οδηγοί Μουσείων (Mikroi Odigoi Mouseion)] (Series): Young Visitors to the Acropolis Museum [Μικροί επισκέπτες στο Μουσείο της Ακρόπολης (Mikroi Episkeptes sto Mouseio tis Akropolis)]

Both authors show that a museum guide should be informative, interactive, and fun, and far from a long catalogue of exhibits. In addition to children of pre-school and early school age, the target audience is parents and teachers. The latter will find “ideas” for organising the museum visit in the opening page and additional information about the Museum, the Acropolis, and the Parthenon at the end of the book. Indeed, the book’s content is exceptionally rich. There is informati(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: Greece


Antonis Antoniadis

The Wolf of Sparta [Ο λύκος της Σπάρτης (O líkos tis Spártis)]

The novel is set during the Greek-Persian wars, from the battle of Thermopylae to the Battle of Plataea as seen by the only survivor of the 300 Spartan warriors of King Leonidas I, who set out to guard the Helladic world against the Persians. Aristodemos – a descendant of the royal line of the Herakleides – and his companion Eurytos lose their sight upon being sprayed in their faces with viper poison on the battlefield. They are sent to consult Aesculapius’ priests in the milit(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: Greece