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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Greek Mythology Fun

My kids loved reading about the Trojan War and Greek mythology last semester, so when Lane spotted Mount Olympus Basketball at the library yesterday, he was very excited. This children's book, with cartoony illustrations, claims on the inside front flap: "Kevin O'Malley's Mount Olympus Basketball makes learning about Greek myths more exciting than March Madness." Actually, this book is not useful at all for learning about Greek mythology. That would just be confusing. Unless you already know the legends and myths that surround the Greek gods and mortals, all the punch lines will be lost on you. But for Lane, every joke in this book about a basketball game between the gods and mortals hit home.

Playing for the "Gods,"
Goddess of war.
A behemoth of the battle field.
Straight from Zeus's head.
It's. . . ATHENA!
And for the "Mortals,"
He's clever.
He's crafty.
He's just AAAA-MAZING!
It's . . . THESEUS!
And in the play-by-play of the game the announcer says,
The Gods [team] are just taking the game away from the Mortals.
Zeus pulls Hades out and brings in the mighty Atlas.
He's just standing there holding the ball. It looks like the Gods are going to let the clock run down to halftime.

In our Tapestry of Grace Year One studies, we are now learning about the Babylonian Empire, Jerusalem's fall, the Babylonian captivity, the prophet Daniel, and the city of Babylon (Ishtar Gate, Hanging Gardens, etc.). We studied early Greek history last semester and covered the Trojan War and Greek mythology during that study. We are about to re-visit the Greeks, this time later in history as we cover the Greek and Persian war, Greek theater, science, and philosophy achievements.

(Book cover image from

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