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John Bankston

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

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

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


John Malam, Peter Rutherford , David Salariya

Ancient Greek Myths (Series): The Wooden Horse of Troy

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

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

Antony and Cleopatra

The book belongs to the series by Andrew Matthews, where classic plays of William Shakespeare are retold. The story about Antony and Cleopatra is told in a form of recollections of Servius, one of Antony’s loyal soldiers. Servius goes back to recall memories from the day when he was listening to Antony giving a speech over Caesar's body. Shortly afterward, Servius was appointed to be Antony’s Centurion. Since that moment, the soldier’s memories overlap with the events known(...)

literary

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


René Goscinny , Albert Uderzo

Asterix (Series, Book 4): Asterix the Gladiator [Astérix: Astérix gladiateur]

The fourth installment in the Asterix series begins with the Prefect of Gaul, Odius Asparagus, visiting Compendium, one of the Roman camps near the Gaulish village that is home to Asterix and Obelix. He hopes to curry favour with Julius Caesar by bringing him one of the Gauls as a present, but Centurion Gracchus Armisurplus is well aware that the Gauls are formidable fighters. Nevertheless, his soldiers manage to capture the bard Cacofonix, protecting themselves from his discordant singing by st(...)

literary

YEAR: 1964

COUNTRY: France


René Goscinny , Albert Uderzo

Astérix (Series, Book 6): Asterix and Cleopatra [Astérix: Astérix et Cléopâtre]

Asterix and Cleopatra is the 6th part of the series about a brave Gaul and his friends. Every story and series have similar outline. Smart Asterix and strong Obelix obtain enourmous power thanks to magical potion prepared by Panoramix an old druid. Magic potion helps to fight the Romanians. Asterix and Cleopatra begins with an unexpected visit of an architect named Numerobis from Alexandria. He interrupts the Gaul’s daily routine to ask for help in building a palace in Alexandria. His Quee(...)

literary

YEAR: 1968

COUNTRY: France


Barbara Kramer

Cleopatra

The book is dedicated to children who reached level 3, meaning that they are capable of reading on their own and they can start to expand their vocabulary. The opening chapters introduce Cleopatra and explain where her ancestors came from and what her life in Alexandria looked like. The next chapters move on to Cleopatra's reign and her love for Julius Caesar and Marcus Antonius. The extensive biography of Cleopatra ends with chapters containing information about the Battle of Actium and the(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Vicky Alvear Shecter

Cleopatra Rules!: The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen

The book is divided into 11 chapters describing the life of Queen Cleopatra. Many parts of the book discuss the culture and religion of Ancient Egypt during Queen Cleopatra’s reign, and also Roman and Greek cultures. Religion rules in Ancient Egypt are being explained and how the religion worked and affected society, also it explains the social status of Egyptians and influence of Greek culture on Egypt in Hellenic period. Cleopatra Rules! also includes many illustrations: photos, reconstr(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United States of America


Adèle Geras, Mark P. Robertson

Cleopatra: Discover the World of Cleopatra through the Diary of Her Handmaiden, Nefret

Cleopatra VII, one of the greatest queens in history, lived in Greco-Roman times in Egypt. At the beginning of the book, when the queen is described, the reader can recognise an almost direct quotation from Plutarch of Chaeronea*. The narrator is a ten-year-old girl named Nefret. She goes to the queen's palace to work as her handmaiden. This gives the reader the opportunity to learn about the customs and everyday life in Hellenistic Alexandria. Nefret meets Cleopatra when she is mourning Cae(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Marie de Prémonville, Daniela Volpari

Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile

Marie de Prémonville’s picture book is written in the form of Queen Cleopatra’s memories. We meet her in her final moments just a few days after Marc Antony’s death. She recalls her fight for power, her love affair with Julius Caesar, and her great love for Marc Antony. Her memories are described in chronological order. The book ends with her death and reunion with her one true love, Marc Antony.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: France


Clint Twist

Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh

A heavily illustrated biography of Cleopatra. The introduction shows Cleopatra as a popular icon through the ages. A chronological description of events opens with background information about Alexander the Great, Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt and ends with Cleopatra's death. The inclusion of a fictional diary enables the reader to imagine how Cleopatra felt. Numerous illustrations (paintings, engravings, sculptures etc.) enrich the reader's experience and provide additional information. As(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Gerry Bailey , Karen Foster

Cleopatra’s Coin

The book is part of the series Stories of Great People. The narration starts when Digby Platt and her sister Hannah Platt approach Mr. Rummage’s stand. They find an old coin in a pile of old items. Mr. Rummage asks the children if they know whose face is on the coin. The children don't know so Mr. Rummage begins to tell them the story of Cleopatra VII. He talks about the origins of the coin, where the queen's dynasty came from and how big her family was. In addition, the shopkeeper(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Philip Reeve, Margaret Simpson

Dead Famous (Series): Cleopatra and Her Asp

The book is an unusual form of Cleopatra's biography, a fictional diary of the Queen that uses elements of comic books. The playful form reflects its target audience of children and teenagers. It includes an introduction about the Ptolemaic dynasty and the situation in ancient Egypt at the beginning of Cleopatra's reign. All the events in the book are in chronological order - we learn what happens from the moment Cleopatra becomes queen until her death. The author uses diary entries to t(...)

literary

YEAR: 1999

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Alex Woolf

Encounters With The Past (Series): Meet The Ancient Romans

This book is a combination of a guidebook of ancient Rome and a time traveling adventure book. It combines information about ancient Roman institutions (the senate, arena, baths, temples, shops and draftsmen) with everyday life, such as food, clothing etc. The reader participates in the Roman daily life and also receives additional information on the origin of certain institutions or positions in the Empire. The plot take “you” a school boy/girl through a mysterious wooden door to th(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Carrie Floyd, Daniel Floyd, Soraya Een Hajji, David Hueso, James Portnow

Extra History (Series, S14E01-05): The Brothers Gracchi – I: How Republics Fall / The Brothers Gracchi – II: Populares / The Brothers Gracchi – III: Ochlocracy / The Brothers Gracchi – IV: Enter Gaius / The Brothers Gracchi – V: The Final Fall

For the Extra Credits and Extra History series, see the entry on the Punic Wars in the same series.The Brothers Gracchi – I: How Republics FallBefore the credits, the crisis of the Roman Republic in 121 BCE is briefly introduced, with its demagogy, violence, unemployment, patrician consumerism and political elites failing in their treatment of the poor. Right after this, the events behind the crisis are presented. The 2nd century BCE was the time of expansion of the Roman Republic; it(...)

ephemeral

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Online


Julian Tuwim

Frogs the Latinists [Żaby łacinniczki] / Latin [Łacina]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp., online: http://omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/omc_catalogue.In Żaby łacinniczki [Frogs the Latinists] the poet extends his thanks to frogs for their spirit-lifting croaking which he claims to be done in Latin. It is a twelve-verse poem (...)

literary

YEAR: 1930

COUNTRY: Poland


Elisabeth Alba, Grace Norwich

I am Cleopatra

I am Cleopatra is a biography book for older children who can read fluently. It tells the story of Queen Cleopatra’s life. The reader can learn a lot about the roots of the Ptolemaic dynasty from which Cleopatra descended. The book also sums up the knowledge about Cleopatra the readers should have after the lecture (10 Things You Should Know about Cleopatra, or 10 More Things That Are Pretty Cool to Know). The book is illustrated with black and white pictures which help to build the story (...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Jerzy Ciechanowicz, Barbara Milewska-Waźbińska

Impluvius and Compluvius amongst Sarmatians [Impluvius et Compluvius apud Sarmatas]

Impluvius et Compluvius apud Sarmatas is an amusing story about the journey of two brave Roman soldiers, Impluvius and Compluvius, from Rome to Sarmatia and back again, on the order of Tiberius Claudius Maximus – a fictional emperor of their contemporary world.On their way to the barbarian Sarmatia, outside of the civilized oikoumene known to Romans, they pass through Assisi, Ancona, Padua, Budapest, go outside the Limes, traverse the Tatras, reach Cracow, and eventually, Warsaw, where the(...)

literary

YEAR: 1991

COUNTRY: Poland


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


Janet Stephens

Janet Stephens YouTube Videos: Series of Short Online Video Hair Tutorials Teaching About Ancient Hairstyles

Titles of videos (accessed: August 20, 2018): Julia Domna I;Agrippina the Younger;Ancient Roman Hair Styles: Men;Aphrodite Knot;Cleopatra;Empress Sabina: Ancient Roman Hairdressing;Julia Domna: Forensic Hairdressing;Cleopatra’s Coin Hairstyle;The Hairstyles of Faustina the Younger;Flavian-Trajanic Hairstyle: Orbis Comarum;Hairstyle of Empress Faustina the Elder;Hairstyle of Agippina the Elder;Classical Greek Hairstyle;The Hairstyle of Empress Plotina;The Tutulus Hairstyle: Ancient Rom(...)

ephemeral

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States of America


Yuri Prytkov, Leonid Zavalniuk

Kolya, Olya and Archimedes [Коля, Оля и Архимед]

This is a popular scientific animation for children about Archimedes and his discoveries. The story is set in Moscow and in ancient Greece. The main characters, contemporary children Kolya and Olya, get to ancient Syracuse during the Second Punic War, meet the great scientist and witness life of the ancient city. The story starts in a contemporary flat in Moscow, where Kolya is studying. We see a lot of books on his table (an open one has the name and portrait of Archimedes), a map of Sicil(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1972

COUNTRY: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)


Simon Adams

Ladybird Histories (Series): Romans

This work is a non-humorous introduction to ancient Roman society aimed at children aged 7+.Table of Contents:Who were the Romans?The Founding of RomeThe Roman RepublicFighting CarthageThe Roman ArmyRoman RoadsJulius CaesarCreating the EmpireConquering BritainFortificationsImperial RomeThe ColosseumA Day at the RacesLife in the CityWonderful WaterLife in the CountryThe Roman FamilyRoman ChildrenFood and LifestyleRoman ReligionPompeiiUp in ArmsDecline and FallWhat the Romans Did for UsFamous Roma(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Katie Daynes, Peter Donnelly

Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers (Series): Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers about Long Ago

This beautifully-illustrated book offers young readers an interactive immersion in history. The histories of many periods and peoples are covered, with the book divided into sections based on the sorts of questions that people might ask about the past: Where? Who? Why? What? How? When? and Which? There is an illustrated “What happened when?” timeline at the end of the book which places items from throughout the book in chronological order. The ancient world plays an important role th(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Benjamin Bachelier, Nicolas Duffaut, Hélène Montardre

Little Stories from Mythology [Petites histoires de la mythologie] (Series, Book 18): The Fight between Remus and Romulus [Le combat de Rémus et Romulus]

King Numitor of Alba Longa was forced to relinquish his throne to his brother Amulius and to live quietly in his estate. In order to reinforce his rights to the kingdom, the new ruler ordered Numitor’s daughter, Rhea Sylvia, to become a Vestal Virgin, forbidden to marry and have children who could potentially claim the throne. One morning, Rhea Sylvia falls asleep on the shore of a nearby stream. She dreams of a great and handsome warrior. When she comes back to the temple, she tells (...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: France


Friz Freleng

Looney Tunes (Series): Roman Legion-Hare

The episode opens with the introduction to Rome of 54 CE and to the Colosseum adorned with an ad: "Coliseum Today Detroit Lions in Season Opener. Undefeated Lions Out For First Taste of Victory". This is evidently a big event; not only the Colosseum is packed with people, it is also joined by the Emperor Nero. He is presented as a dull, obese man with too much power. He demands to let the "victim" out in the arena, however, one of the soldiers informs him that there are no vi(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1955

COUNTRY: United States of America


Yoshikazu Miyao, Shinobu Ohtaka

Magi: Adventure of Sinbad [Magi: Sinbad no Bouken (マギ シンドバッドの冒険)] (Series, S01 E07 - E08): Sinbad the Merchant [Shōnin Shindobaddo (商人シンドバッド)] / Household Vessel [Kenzoku Ki (眷属器)]

This spin-off/prologue is an origin story for how Sinbad, the legendary King of Sindria in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, rose to his position of power and fame. Magi: Adventure of Sinbad is set some 30 years prior to the events of The Labyrinth of Magic during a period of great hostility between the competing Parthevia and Reim Empires. Spurred on by the deaths of his father (Badr), a disgraced and executed war hero, and his mother (Esra), who suffered from a debilitating sickness, Sinbad sets o(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Japan


Gwendal Lazzara, Michel Piquemal, Daniel Royo

Marcus Caius Victor's Secret, Followed by Who Wants Marcus Caius Dead? [Le secret de Marcus Caïus Victor, suivi de Qui veut la mort de Marcus Caïus?]

In Rome under Augustus, an orphan named Lucius from a wealthy Roman family has been brought up by his grandfather, Marcus Caïus Victor*, the owner of prestigious jewellery workshops and an influential magistrate (Decurion). To the boy’s utter amazement, he learns from his grandfather that he was originally a Gaul who fought for Vercingetorix at Alesia, was taken prisoner, and then sold as a slave to an important Roman merchant. On their trip to Rome, they were shipwrecked and Marcus s(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: France


Weng Chen (Jade), Carolyn Hennesy

Mythic Misadventures (Series, Book 5): Pandora Gets Angry

The fifth instalment in a series of books takes the classic story of Pandora's box and gives it a young, adventurous, partly contemporary twist - Pandora is Prometheus' thirteen-year-old daughter. In this book, Pandora and her friends encounter a new set of powers in Persia as they cross the desert on camels, but are obstructed by mysterious sandstorms and frightening strangers on the way. This time they are assisted by a cute Persian boy who helps Pandy and her friends search for Persia(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States of America


Malorie Blackman

Noughts & Crosses

Sephy Hadley and Callum McGregor are best friends as children, but they live in a world where dark-skinned Crosses like Sephy dominate every aspect of society while the pale-skinned Noughts like Callum are oppressed. The history behind this oppression hints at an inversion of the power dynamics of classical history. Meanwhile, both Sephy (‘Persephone’) and her sister, Minerva, have classically-inspired names, recalling the Ancient Greek queen of the Underworld and the goddess of wisd(...)

literary

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Emma Chichester Clark, Geraldine McCaughrean

Orchard Book of Roman Myths

This is a retelling of Roman myths, meant for ages 9-12, that takes the readers through a fantastic journey of cultural transition, from Troy to Rome. It combines some tales of Greek mythology with Roman myths (Romulus and Remus, The Sibylline prophecies, Tages, Camillus, Lara, the Sabine Women, Aeneas). The chapters of the book are as follows:Introduction: explains how the Romans translated the Greek gods, creating their own mythology where the main concept was ‘duty’. 1) The O(...)

literary

YEAR: 1999

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Eric Freeberg, Diane Namm

Roman Myths

Retelling of classic Roman myths meant for ages 7-9 with one illustration per story. Following the stories, the author includes questions for discussion about each story. The stories in the book:The Oak and the Linden TreePrometheus and IoAtlas and the Eleventh Labor of HerculesRomulus and RemusEscape from TroyThe Golden BoughCupid and PsycheMinerva and ArachneOedipus and the SphinxOtus and Ephialtes(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Blue , Overly Sarcastic Productions , Red

Rome Survived Nero (A Post-American-Election Consolation)

The video does not belong to any of the Overly Sarcastic Productions’ series, although it is done in a similar way to those in the Armchair Classics and Armchair History cycles. The main difference is that there are almost no illustrations, and Blue’s manner of speaking is way more serious than usually. This is due to the fact that the video was produced on November 9, 2016, to serve as "consolation" for all those disappointed with the result of presidential election by Don(...)

ephemeral

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Online


Natalia Rolleczek

Selene, Cleopatra’s Daughter [Selene, córka Kleopatry]

The action is set mainly in Alexandria and then in Rome, and covers over seven years after Cleopatra VII’s death. The scope of Octavian’s rule becomes unlimited. Having defeated the kingdom of Egypt, he decides that Julius Caesar’s only son, Caesarion, and the oldest son of Marc Antony, Antyllus, must both die. However, he spares Antony’s royal children's lives, the twins, Alexander Helios (Sun) and Cleopatra Selene (Moon), and their little brother Ptolemy Philadelphu(...)

literary

YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: Poland


Dave Filoni, George Lucas

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

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

audiovisual

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United States of America


Carrie Beck, Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, George Lucas, Justin Ridge

Star Wars Rebels (Series)

Star Wars Rebels is a 2D animated series that adds to the main Star Wars saga storyline while introducing new characters and plots. The series is set in between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005) and Star Wars: Rogue One (2016), approximately fifteen years after the foundation of the Galactic Empire (for more background on the Star Wars universe, please see the entry for Star Wars. The Clone Wars). The story follows Ezra Bridger, a "Force sensitive" (i.e. supernaturally talented) te(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


TED , Mia Nacamulli, Kelly Wall

TED-Ed Lessons Worth Sharing, Series The Artist’s Palette: A Brief History of Graffiti

Graffiti in the form of spray paintings, tags, and murals is present almost everywhere across contemporary cities: on bridges, walls, subway cars. It is useful for expressing identity, artistic and political preferences – on the other hand, it is still controversial as it questions ceratain rules of social life. In a brief outline of the history of graffiti a female narrator claims that in ancient Rome graffiti was widely accepted, and Romans used walls for daily communication; Mayas used (...)

ephemeral

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Online


Halina Rudnicka

The Disciples of Spartacus [Uczniowie Spartakusa]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue (accessed: June 11, 2021), Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp., section by Helena Płotek, Joanna Grzeszczuk and Michał Kucharski, pp. 311-323.Ancient Rome right before Spartacus’ uprising. The main character is a young Greek boy named Kalias. The story begins(...)

literary

YEAR: 1951

COUNTRY: Poland


Jan Parandowski

The Mediterranean Hour [Godzina śródziemnomorska]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp., online: http://omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/omc_catalogue.A collection of thirteen texts* containing personal memories and author’s reflections on the Mediterranean world, particularly on the legacy of Ancient Greece and Rome. T(...)

literary

YEAR: 1949

COUNTRY: Poland


Tony Bradman , Tony Ross

The Orchard Book of Swords Sorcerers and Superheroes

Chapter 1. Voyage to the Edge of the World. The Story of Jason and the Golden Fleece.Chapter 2. The Magical Sword. The Story of King Arthur.Chapter 3. The Fabulous Genie. The Story of Aladdin and his Magical Lamp.Chapter 4. An Apple for Freedom. The Story of William Tell.Chapter 5. Superhero. The Story of Hercules and the Monstrous Cacus.Chapter 6. The Fantastic Voyage of Sinbad. The Story of Sinbad the Sailor and The Roc.Chapter 7. The Fearsome Dragon from the Lake. The Story of George and the (...)

literary

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Yan Marchand, Donatien Mary

The Revolt of Epictetus [La révolte d’Épictète]

Rome, at the time of the emperor Vespasian. Prince Titus, his son, is preparing a grand feast to celebrate Saturnalia when one of his slaves, young Julius, missteps and must be resold to another master. At the slave market, the boy, for the first time, meets Epictetus, who often comes there to talk to the human merchandise (that is how the slaves in the market are described in the book); Latin-speaking people there translate his words to those who do not understand Latin. Julius escapes wit(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: France


Emilia Dziubak, Przemysław Wechterowicz

The Secret Life of a Tiger [Być jak tygrys]

The story is about a tiger who wanders in the jungle doing things that tigers love the most: jumping, eating, relaxing etc. The text itself lacks classical elements, but in one of the illustrations, we see an anthill in the form of the Colosseum in Rome. The text on the page says, that the tiger hypnotizes ants with its eyes and then builds a model anthill up with just one sweep of its tail.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Poland


Adam McCauley , Jon Scieszka

The Time Warp Trio (Series, Book 9): See You Later, Gladiator

See You Later, Gladiator is the ninth installment in the Time Warp Trio, a comic time-travel adventure series written for boys. In this story, friends Joe, Sam and Fred are play fighting in Joe‘s bedroom, emulating the moves of their favourite World Wrestling personalities. Their antics cause The Book, a magic time travel text given to Joe by his uncle, to tumble from the bookshelf. Just as it has before, The Book transports the boys through time and space, this time to ancient R(...)

literary

YEAR: 2000

COUNTRY: United States of America


Grzegorz Gortat, Marta Krzywicka

The Town of Last Sighs [Miasteczko Ostatnich Westchnień]

The Town of Last Sighs is a place where animals called “Domestics” – for example dogs, goats and pigs, but also a circus elephant – go to when they die, and where they stay until they decide to leave and enter the Land of Eternal Rewards. Unexpectedly, two rats, Romulus and Remus, find a living male infant in a garbage bag near the River separating the Town from the empirical world. The inhabitants of the Town do not know what to do with this “human puppy.” On(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: Poland


Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows

The story of Mole, Ratty, Toad, and Badger and their lives in and around an English river. Mole wakes one morning, aroused by the feeling of Spring in the air, and sets out into the wide world. There, he meets Ratty, a river rat, who invites him to join in a boating picnic. From there, it is a short jump to meeting Toad, a lively and affluent creature who lives at Toad Hall, and who careens through the landscape with careless abandon, much to the annoyance of Badger, old and crusty. Most of the (...)

literary

YEAR: 1908

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Mari Yamazaki

Thermae Romae [テルマエ・ロマエ] (Series)

Lucius, a second-century Roman architect who specializes in designing public bathhouses, is experiencing a career crisis. His old-fashioned style of bathhouses is no longer suitable to Rome’s craze for novelty. During a bath in a public bathhouse, he is accidentally transferred to a bathhouse in 21-century Japan through a mysterious process in the water. Astonished by the advanced innovations and gadgets found there, Lucius brings the new ideas of contemporary Japanese bathhouses back to a(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: Japan


Henryk Jerzy Chmielewski

Tytus, Romek and A’Tomek (Series, Book 19): Tytus Becomes an Actor [Tytus, Romek i A’Tomek. Księga XIX: Tytus aktorem]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp., online: http://omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/omc_catalogue.Three main characters, Tytus – a chimpanzee, and his human friends: Romek and A’Tomek are going to the theatre, but Tytus does not know how to behave there so the t(...)

literary

YEAR: 1992

COUNTRY: Poland


Jonny Duddle , Kate Thompson

Wanted!

Marcus is a part of a baker’s family in Roman times under the tough reign of Emperor Gaius Caligula. One day, a mysterious slave hands him a racing horse and disappears. The horse turns out to be the emperor’s horse, Consul Incitatus, and now Marcus is facing danger to his life while deciding what to do with the horse. At the end there is a short passage of explanation regarding Caligula and his horse. Marcus shares with the reader the hard life his family lived under the mad emperor(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Margaux Carpentier, Isabel Otter

Wonders of the World. An Interactive Tour of Marvels and Monuments

Wonders of the World is a highly illustrated and well-designed lift-the-flap publication. The book is divided into two main parts. The first presents the seven wonders of the ancient world, the second the wonders of what is referred to as the 'modern world', although some of these entries were also built in antiquity. A double-page at the end presents seven natural wonders. Each wonder has a page of its own with one or two flaps and information distributed across an average of five (...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


David Antram, John Malam, David Salariya

You Wouldn't Want to (Series): You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Roman Gladiator!: Gory Things You'd Rather Not Know

The book begins with the author asking the reader to play a role while reading, namely becoming a representative of the peoples over whom the Roman Empire wants to reign.Each book in this series begins with an appeal to the reader to become a representative of the group featured in the book. The story begins with how Romans acquired slaves, conquered other nations, and the reader imagines him/herself to be one of these future slaves. The fate of a slave was grim, it usually began at a slave mark(...)

literary

YEAR: 2000

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Jim Pipe

You Wouldn't Want to Be Cleopatra! An Egyptian Ruler You'd Rather Not Be

You wouldn’t want to be Cleopatra! An Egyptian ruler you’d rather not be describes Cleopatra’s life in a unique way. It is written from a very personal perspective which helps the young readers identify with Cleopatra. The first lines in the book already introduce a strong identification with Cleopatra: You are Cleopatra, a princess living in Egypt 2,000 years ago (p.9). The whole narration of the story flows in this personal style. This specific style helps young readers under(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United Kingdom