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Our Mythical Childhood

The Our Mythical Childhood animations were created for Animating the Ancient World, part of a wider international research project:

Our Mythical Childhood... The Reception of Children's and Young Adults' Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges.

The animations explore aspects of myth and religion in ancient Greece. They were made from vases housed in the National Museum, in Warsaw. Hear Sappho perform, see Iris take flight, Dionysus whip up a revel, then watch Heracles hunt the Erymanthian Boar and the gods make an offering!

Our Mythical Childhood is led by Professor Katarzyna Marciniak and kindly funded by the European Research Council (Grant Agreement 681202).

A Greek vase showing the poet Sappho playing an instrument similar a lyre.


Thumbnail from the 'Heracles and the Erymanthian Boar' video. The title of the video is in the foreground, and in the background is a Greek black-figure vase depicting Heracles and Hermes.

Heracles and the Erymanthian Boar

Title card of the 'Dionysus' animation, featuring a red-figure vase, on which is depicted the god Dionysus, a satyr pouring wine, and other followers of the god.


Thumbnail of the 'Libation' video. The god Zeus, seated, is assisted in pouring a libation by the goddess Athena and another goddess, either Nike or Iris.


Head and wings of Iris in red figure