Our Mythical Childhood


Funded by the European Research Council 

The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges

The project regards the reception of Classical Antiquity in children’s and young adults’ culture. We consider the intersection between these two fields to be a vital space where the development of human identity takes place, both in previous epochs and in our times. Indeed, each of us has gone through the experience of childhood and many people have had contacts with Classical Antiquity as a cultural experience – transmitted as it is all over the globe and across the ages via education, through myriad interpersonal contacts, and today owing to the charm of global popular culture. Hence, the ancient tradition has built a familiar code of communication understandable in local and global contexts alike. Owing to the support from the ERC Consolidator Grant (681202) we study this phenomenon and its consequences for contemporary societies worldwide.

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