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Reaching Olympus: The Roman Myths (Digital Download)

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Roman mythology continues the grand storytelling tradition of Greek mythology. The Aeneid, the poet Virgil’s masterpiece, tells the journey of the Trojan lord Aeneas as he leaves the destruction of the Trojan War behind to discover a new home in Italy. The poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses inventively re-tells the Greek myths by linking them together through the theme of metamorphosis or transformation. The allegorical myth of Cupid and Psyche analyzes the connection between the heart and the mind. The legends of Romulus and Remus, the Sabine women, and Lucretia explain how Rome was founded and then grew into a mighty republic.

This textbook includes 11 script-stories that re-tell these wonderful Roman myths. Each script-story is prefaced by a 2-page teacher guide complete with background information, story summary, pre- and post-story discussion questions, project ideas that connect the myths to the modern world, and terms that can be taught using the script. Also included is a battlefield strategy game, a glossary of important characters, and a name pronunciation guide.

The following 11 script-stories are included in this volume:
  • The Aeneid: Escape from Ilium
  • The Aeneid: Islands and Inlets
  • The Aeneid: Love in Carthage
  • The Aeneid: Descent into Hades
  • The Aeneid: The Fury of Juno
  • The Aeneid: The Battle for Italy
  • Romulus and Remus
  • Cupid and Psyche: Part I
  • Cupid and Psyche: Part II
  • Metamorphoses: Tales of Love (includes Pygmalion, Pyramus and Thisbe, and Baucis and Philemon)
  • Metamorphoses: Wrath of the Gods
Extra Games, Stories, and Other Resources
  • "The Sabine Women" (bonus story)
  • "The Desecration of Lucretia" (bonus story)
  • Battlefield (interactive classroom game)
  • Name Pronunciation Guide
  • Glossary of Important Names

Note: This is a digital (PDF) copy of the book, NOT a physical copy. With this digital copy of the book, you can print the plays and activities directly from your computer! After payment, you will be emailed instructions and a secure link for downloading the product.

Print Copies:  Print copies of this title are available through Click here for more information.

More About the Series: The Reaching Olympus series utilizes Reader’s Theater script-stories to teach mythology to middle-school and high-school readers. The author’s creative dialogue helps bring the characters of mythology to life. By placing readers in the various roles of mythology, they are allowed to experience the myths firsthand—creating a unique and powerful learning experience. Interactive games are included with each book in the series—adding to the number of ways that mythology can be experienced.

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