Our Mythical Childhood... Classics and Children’s Literature Between East & West


Funded with a grant from Harvard University Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and with support of “Artes Liberales” Institute Foundation, the project centers on research into the reception of Classical Antiquity in children’s literature in different regional and cultural contexts, from the United States to Western & Eastern Europe, from Russia, Kenya, Japan, to Australia and New Zealand.

An international team of scholars, working in such fields as classical philology, modern philology, archaeology, psychology or media studies, will show how this kind of reception has been reflecting social, political, and cultural transformations occurring during the 20th century & beyond.

The research results will be presented at a conference hosted on May 23-26, 2013, by the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw, under the honorary patronage of the Spouse of the President of the Republic of Poland Anna Komorowska. The event will end with an art exhibition at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts showing specially created illustrations, followed by a discussion panel with participation by young readers, their parents & teachers, editors & publishers of children´s literature, translators, and media representatives.

Within the project, we created an opportunity for students to gain scholarly experience. Students of the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” and of other Faculties of the University of Warsaw are compiling a catalogue of Polish literature for children inspired by the Classical Antiquity. It will be produced in English and will be available in print and online at the time of the final debates.

More info at the Project´s website.