MAGIC GREECE

Animated greek myths and legends



About us

We are a digital platform aimed at spreading the main ancient Greek myths and legends through animation. Each myth is narrated in short colorful and educational animations.

Team



Roger Garfield

Alejandro Lavquén

Writer. Project Director
Roger Garfield

Sue Carrié

Journalist. Communications Officer



SPONSORED BY

CENTER OF GREEK STUDIES
UNIVERSITY OF CHILE

HELLENIC REPUBLIC
CHILEAN EMBASSY

Mythology

Greek mythology is about fictional and real facts and characters which, mixed with fables transmitted from one generation to the next, mythically immortalize a certain period of time. The facts narrated in the Greek mythology take place in part of the Minoan civilization and, to a greater extent in the Mycenaean civilization, approximately between years 1900 and 1183 BC. Archaeological findings in Troy, Mycenae and Knossos, show that Greek myths have a mystified historical basis.



"The Greek Pantheon was formed by twelve major deities and many minor gods, who personified rivers, mountains, winds, stars and other valued objects. Relationships between gods and humans were of love and hate, depending on the circumstances and passions involved"* Two adventures of the gods stand out: The war against the Titans known as Titanomachy, and the battle against the Giants, also called Gigantomachy.

* Había una vez en el Olimpo. Mitos y dioses griegos (Editorial Zig-Zag) Pág. 15.





Among the legends, six epics featured by heroes and demigods highlight: War between Lapiths and Centaurs; Jason and the Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece; The Calydonian Boar Hunt; Seven Against Thebes; The Epigones and The Trojan War. Besides, The Labors of Hercules; The Exploits of Theseus; Bellerophon's Adventures and The Challenges of Perseus.





The myths and legends of Greek mythology are endless as their genealogies, often of an impressive logic. Dabbling in Greek myths is a permanent astonishment, with endearing characters and episodes that have transcended the centuries.



Animations



The project consists of an initial stage formed by ten animated chapters. Each one playfully narrates, in a little bit more than one minute, a myth or legend from the Greek mythology. The target audience will be primary and secondary school students and general public as well. The first chapter which tells "The story of King Midas" is shown here.

Legacy



The cultural legacy and impact of the ancient Greece to the world is huge. To date, its influence on western culture is perceived in different literary, artistic, philosophical, scientific, political, ethical and social expressions. The ancient Greece left us a rich mythological corpus seeking to explain the existence of man and the universe. On this basis poets and prose writers created their works, spanning epic, lyric, history, tragedy and comedy. The same happened with painting, music, dance, sculpture and architecture. As for the thought, its philosophers are still studied at schools and universities throughout the five continents.




If we look at the sky and run with our eyes over that universe that intrigues us, we will find planets, constellations and stars which have been named as the characters and fantastic creatures that gave life to Greek mythology, as if those myths and legends had been born to stay with us until "when Aidos and Nemesis, with their sweet forms wrapped in white robes, will go from the wide-pathed earth and forsake mankind to join the company of the deathless gods: and bitter sorrows will be left for mortal men..."*

* Hesíod. Works and days 196.

Workshops



We offer workshops, talks and lectures on Greek mythology, aimed at students and general public. Besides getting familiar with the myths and legends of ancient Greece, they will learn about the main Greek and Latin literary works.
Workshops are conducted by the writer Alejandro Lavquén, , author of the books: Epopeyas y leyendas de la mitología griega (Editorial Entrepáginas, 2012) and Había una vez en el Olimpo. Mitos y dioses griegos (Editorial Zig-Zag, 2013).


Contact



contacto@greciamagica.cl




We look forward to answering your questions.


Santiago of Chile, 2016