Learn about "The Olympians" by George O' Connor

by Parent Co. April 17, 2015

Modern superheroes have nothing on the original superheroes: the gods of the Greek pantheon. Likewise, even the most convoluted comic book plot can't approach the twists and turns of the ancient Greek myths. Unlike modern superheroes, however, the myths of the Greek gods have influenced western literature and thinking for thousands of years. Their stories live on in our poetry, literary allusions and architecture. Over millennia, they've morphed into powerful archetypes that underlie modern thinking and storytelling. The best way I know of to introduce your kids to the Greek Pantheon is via the New York Times bestselling The Olympians by George O' Connor. It's a series of seven graphic novels drawn from primary documents that retell the myths of the Olympic pantheon one god at a time. Books so far include Zeus, Athena, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, Aphrodite, and Ares. Considering their source material, many books about Greek mythology are surprisingly boring. That's not the case with O'Connor's books. By focusing on one god per volume, he simplifies complicated mythology into compelling stories, filled with action, romance, drama and consequences. These exciting stories pair perfectly with O'Connor's powerful, bold and occasionally intense art.
From Hera: The Goddess and her Glory, Olympians (Volume 3) From Hera: The Goddess and her Glory, Olympians (Volume 3)
These books are great for curious kids (or their teachers or homeschooling parents). At the end of every book is a bibliography recommended books and websites, and discussion questions. Not only will readers learn more about the Greek Pantheon, they'll learn about the real ancient Greek world that manifested them. They'll also learn many ancient names and words that form the basis for words we still use today (Kronos, for example). The Olympian books are available in most libraries. If you're going to buy them, I recommend getting the box set, which collects the first six books in paperback form. It includes a large pull-out poster of the Greek god family tree. Visit Olympiansrule.com to preview the books and download free educational activities. Read our interview with George O'Connor here.


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