Resources: Ancient Greece and Rome
The Adventures of Ulysses by
This Usborne book is wonderful for somewhat older kids. The story is
retold well, and the illustrations are somewhat dark, reflecting the drama and action of the
Eyewitness Books: Ancient Greece
This book is great
for kids who want to see how the actual artifacts look - statues, tombs, jugs, clothing,
temples, weaponry, and even food. This series is huge, with titles like Reptiles, North
American Indian, Dinosaur, Knight, Castle, Archaeology, Car, Pyramid, and much,
History News: The Greek News & History News: The Roman News (Candlewick
Life in ancient Greece and Rome is presented in the form of a newspaper (very
colorful) written at the time. A cool series.
Horrible Histories: The Groovy Greeks & Horrible Histories: The
Rotten Romans by Terry Deary
Like all Horrible Histories books, these are definitely worth a read, or ten!
Funny, informative, and very enjoyable!
The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus by Aliki
Simple stories of the main Greek gods, beginning with Gaea, Uranus
and the Titans. Nicely illustrated.
Greece! Rome! Monsters! by John
Calef Brown's illustrations make this
book a must-have for all kids interested in mythological monsters. Colorful and full of
whimsy, they can really make a kid smile! The text doesn't go into too much detail, but it's
witty and cute, and makes for an enjoyable read, nonetheless. The minotaur, Cerebus,
Cyclops, the Harpies, Sirens, unicorns, and lots more, this book is perfect for both young
Greek Myths by
If you're looking for a
book of myths told in a story-like way with beautiful illustrations, find a copy of Greek
Greek Myths for Young Children by Marcia Williams
myths are told in comic book style. Each myth is four pages long, and the bright illustrations
and cute characters are irresistable to kids. Nothing too detailed, and event he tragic scenes
seem perky, so this is a great introduction to myths for the younger crowd. Be warned, though,
Williams doesn't leave out the gory stuff!
Mythology by Edith Hamilton
The definitive book of myths. Great for older kids or for reference (the family trees in the
back can be particularly helpful). Also includes a chapter of Norse myths, but this book's
focus is really on Greek/Roman myths.
series by Kate McMullan
This chapter book series takes the traditional Greek myths and plays around
with them. Series includes Have a Hot Time, Hades; Phone Home, Persephone; Say Cheese,
Medusa; Nice Shot, Cupid; Stop That Bull, Theseus; Keep a Lid on It, Pandora; Get to
Work, Hercules and more.
Mythology Smart Junior: A Journey to the Land of Legend by Gary Arms
book is touted to be a homework helper, of sorts, and is put out by The Princeton Review,
but it's lots of fun. A group of kids travels to the land of Ancient Greek myths. A fun way
to discover the myths, and a nice departure from the myths, themselves, for those who have
read them again and again.
The Reader's Theatre of Mythology Plays by Henry Gilfond
Lots of simple
plays based on the Greek myths, as well as plays based on Roman, Norse, Egyptian, Indian,
and Babylonian myths.
Smelly Old History: Roman Aromas by
Supposedly a "scratch 'n' sniff series, these books take the awful
smells of times gone by and expound on them.. Thank goodness the scratch 'n' sniff part
doesn't work especially well! Still lots of fun. Check out the entire series!
There's a Monster in the Alphabet by James Rumford
This retelling of the story of Cadmus, the legendary man who brought the alphabet to Greece,
focuses on the alphabet, itself.
Top Ten Greek Legends by Terry Deary
Written in the
style of Deary's Horrible Histories books, these retellings of the Greek myths are
lots of fun!
The Traveler's Guide to Ancient Greece by Fiona MacDonald
Need a guide for your travels through Ancient Greek civilization? "Where to stay, what
to eat, how to dress, and how to fit into Greek society." It's all here.
Usborne Book of Greek and Norse Legends by
Evans and Millard
Great, non-cutesy illustrations with a glossary of gods, heroes,
monsters, etc. Packed with information!
Voyage of the Basset by James C. Christensen
absolutely delightful book A professor, his daughters, and a crew of dwarves and gremlins
journey through a world filled with monsters of myth - dryads, gryphons, trolls, dragons,
unicorns, and more, including many monsters of Greek myth: Medusa, the Minotaur, Harpies, etc.
The book uses the plays of Shakespeare, characters from ancient lands (Greece, Egypt, Europe),
and gorgeous illustrations to create a journal akin to Darwin's Voyage of
the Beagle. Not a great tool for learning the myths, but it's so much fun that even
those unaquainted with Greek stories will love it. Highly recommended.
Movies and Shows
These can often be found in the local library. Check also for
archaeology videos and history videos. (post #730)
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Greek Myths dvd
but a little creepy every once in a while. These three shows are strangely realistic. Great for
those with an interest in myths, but not recomended for sensitive children.
By Jove boardgame
"The game where you travel through the fascinating but dangerous world of classical
mythology. Travel as a Mere Mortal or protected by a Legendary Hero. The whims of the Gods can
make your journey perilous ... or help you. Consult the all-knowing Oracle for fun & profit.
Go to war for Helen of Troy. Laze around in the Land of the Lotus-Eaters. Your biggest challenge
will be battling foes like the snake-headed Medusa. To win, collect gold coins, help Jason
search for the Golden Fleece, and make your way safely through the labyrinth maze. Includes
56-page By Jove Stories book of Mythology Tales." Though the ratings on Board Game
Geek aren't all that great, the game is definitely enjoyable for those who love Greek/Roman
myths and like the Monopoly style. Fairly easy to find via ebay and thrift stores/garage sales.
Mythmatical Battles is a dueling card game for two players
or two teams. It blends mythology and multiplication to create an innovative game which lets
kids drill multiplication while engaging in epic mythological battles. Each player uses his own
Mythmatical Battles Deck, with 55 cards featuring gods, heroes, and monsters from Greek, Celtic,
Norse, or Egyptian mythology. (post #55)
Schools site on Ancient Greece
BBC Schools site on Ancient
discuss mythology with someone? Anyone? Check out the discussion forums.
Winged Sandals (wonderful,
Try out your local Greek Restaurant! Hummus, tabouli, falafel, dolmas and more! (post #724)
Greek Music and
A great website to get you started is Greek Folk Music and
Dance where you can read about traditional instruments, costumes and dances, buy cds
and books and learn about the author's Greek band. Also, find out whether there are any
Greek festivals taking place near you! (post #730)
Jim Weiss's Greek Myth CDs
Storyteller Jim Weiss has several cds based in Greek myth and legend. His thoughtful
retellings of classic tales, legends and more are a favorite of homeschoolers everywhere.
Check out the soundclips available at the website. (post #725)