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Greek Gods as you've never seen them before!
The strong, larger-than-life heroes of the Olympians can summon lightning, control the sea, turn invisible, or transform themselves into any animal they choose. Superheroes? No! Greek gods. The ancient pantheon comes to explosive life in this new series where myth meets comic books. Epic battles, daring quests, and terrible monsters await readers within the pages of these books.
Volume 2, Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess, is the tale of the goddess of wisdom and war, recounting her many adventures.
About the Author
George O'Connor is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. His first graphic novel, Journey Into Mohawk Country, used as its sole text the actual historical journal of the seventeenth-century Dutch trader Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, and told the true story of how New York almost wasn't. He followed that up with Ball Peen Hammer, the first graphic novel written by playwright Adam Rapp, a dark, dystopian view of a society's collapse. Now he has brought his attention to Olympians, an ongoing series retelling the classic Greek myths in comics form. In addition to his graphic novel career, O'Connor has published several children's picture books, including the New York Times best-selling Kapow, Sally and the Some-Thing, and Uncle Bigfoot. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Reading Group Guide
How do you think Metis felt when she was eaten and forgotten by Zeus? Have you ever had a similar experience with betrayal?
Page 9: "He had too much of his father in him," the narrator tells us after Zeus has eaten his wife Metis just as his father, Kronos, ate all of Zeus's siblings. Do you think that eating your family members can be an inherited trait? Can the desire for control and power that lead to the eating of family members be inherited? Why or why not? What sort of traits or characteristics are inherited?
Page 11: When Zeus's head begins to hurt, the other gods decide to remedy it by splitting his skull openclearly not a solution to recommend to mortal man! What other things can the gods in this story do that humans cannot? Why do you think the Greeks gave their gods these specific powers and capabilities?
Athena is born a teenager. Do you think that was difficult for her to deal with? What do you think it would be like to be born at age sixteen?
Most of the Greek pursuits that Athena learns at Triton's camparchery, discus-throwing, swordplayare not the sports you learn in school today. Why do you think that is? Would you rather learn discus-throwing than play volleyball or basketball?
Page 24: When Zeus accidentally causes Athena to kill her friend Pallas, he gives her his cloak to make amends. Do you think that was a good way for Zeus to try to fix things? What might have been a better option?
The Greek gods are like the superheroes of the past. In fact, many modern superhero stories are based on ancient Greeks. Wonder Woman, for example, was said to have come from Ancient Greece. Who does Athena remind you of? Who might play her in a movie?
Page 31: The Gigantes, some of the first children of Mother Earth, draw power from the Earth, similar to the way that trees and plants do. Why don't humans have the ability to draw power in a similar way? What do people get power from instead?
Page 40: "Unfortunately for Medusa, her beauty caught the eye of Poseidon." Can being beautiful ever be a bad thing? Can you think of examples from other myths, from histories, and from your own life of how being beautiful had negative effects?
In Ancient Greece, gods frequently appeared to heroes to give them help. If the Greek gods were around today, who do you think they would be helping?
Page 47: When Perseus goes to see the Graeae, he steals their eye and tells them he will only return it if they give him information. Are stealing and bribery generally good tactics to get what you want? Do you think there are situations in which they would be excusable? If so, is this one of them?
The Greek gods often punish humans who oppose their wishesfor example, giving Medusa snake-hair, and turning Arachne into a spider. Do you think these two punishments were just? How do you think your life would be different if you believed there was a god who might descend at any instant to chastise you?
Page 66: "Our picture of Athena is now complete," say the Fates, standing in front of a tapestry of Athena. How does the visual representation on that page (the tapestry) differ from the "picture of Athena" made up of the words and pictures of Athena's story? Which, in your opinion, is a better representation of Athena? Why?
Athena and Ares share the role of the patron god/goddess of war. Ares is described as the god of battle and warfare, while Athena is known as the goddess of "the beneficial side of war." Does war have a beneficial side, and if so, what do you think it is?
Athena's story is narrated by the three Fates, who measure the spans of human lives. The Fates are the incarnation of the belief that everything that happens is preordained, and that nothing happens through chance or through human agency. How would you look at your life differently if you thought everything that happened in it was fate? How would it be the same?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Informative, engaging, easy to read.
i loved this comic. you have got to read it!
"Athena Grey-Eyed Goddess" is written by George O'Connor and this fiction, graphic novel portrays the story of the mythological daughter of Zeus.This book brings to life the story behind Athena's miraculous birth from her father's head and her journey to becoming the goddess of war, wisdom, strategy, crafts, and cities. Told by the three Fates, this graphic novel shows the reader how Athena has come to be, how she has gained her strength, and how she has received the name Pallas Athena. This book consists of three stories surrounding Athena and all come together to tell of her most powerful asset; the Aegis. The Aegis' powers grow with each story told, by the Fates, and gives light into how deadly it can be. This story was very intriguing to read. I love stories about the Olympian gods and goddesses and this graphic novel was an interesting way to learn the background story and history of Athena. This story is an easier read than Homer's "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey." Younger children will understand more in this book than Homer's and I believe it is a great way to introduce mythology to students. The author raises issues of honor, loyalty, and staying true to one's word. These issues can be relayed to students in a moral way without them even knowing it. I agree with the author that these need to be addressed to young children who need to understand the importance of these lessons. I believe everyone should know the importance of honoring another person who has done great deeds in helping others and the importance that this has for the honoree. Children need to know that they need to show respect where respect is needed. Loyalty to another person who is respected is also a characteristic human beings should have. Without loyalty where would anyone of us be? Would we have our freedom without the loyalty of our American Soldiers? Also, holding true to one's word is something that is being lost. Being able to trust another is falling by the wayside and I believe this is a major problem that should be corrected and needs to be addressed. Teaching Connections-At the beginning of the book, have the students make predictions of what they think will happen in each story. Have them use background knowledge they may know already for this activity.-Have the students discuss what they know about mythology and what surprised them about this graphic novel.-Have the students create their own graphic novel for this story. Have them use their own interpretations for this activity.I would read this again and I would recommend it to teachers to use in their classrooms. This book is volume 2 in this series of graphic novels and the other volumes include: Zeus, Hera, and Hades, but it doesn't stop there. There are many other books like "Athena Grey-Eyed Goddess" that can help students learn about mythology and the hidden moral lessons they teach as well.
This book is excellent for all greek mythology lovers everywhere. This book tells the story of Athena, goddess of wisdom and battle strategy. George O'Connors also adds a few twists, so it's a whole new story. In fact, I think that readers everywhere should read this book!
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.This second book starts off with a one page summary of volume one. It also introduces The Fates who are the storytellers of this issue. Different from Zeus, this volume is not one singular story but a collection of vignettes of Athena's creation and birth story and her other adventures. Each story, in the end, tells how Athena added to her Aegis, which became her most powerful weapon. Plus there are two versions of why she took the name Pallas Athena and of course no collection of Athena would be complete without the story of Arachne.A superb follow-up to Zeus and I'm definitely hooked on this series. The myths are brilliantly told, following mostly exactly as I expect them to with a few exceptions plus I'm also finding a few new-to-me tales as well along the way. One thing I didn't mention in my review of Zeus, which became an invaluable resource in this issue is the Genealogical Chart on the inside cover which starts with Gaea goes straight through to the Olympians and then ventures off to show the lineage of the gods and demi-gods who one presumes will be seen in future volumes. Many characters are introduced in this volume from The Fates and The Gigantes to Pallas and Medusa and I loved being able to flip to that chart to see where everyone fit in!I'm loving the artwork. I really appreciate the facial expressions and the uniqueness of the creatures, it really brings the myths to life in a way that an all-text version just cannot accomplish. There is a lot of violence in this volume, considering Athena is the Goddess of War, but there is no bloodshed shown, (unless you count a puddle of green Medusa blood) in keeping with the age appropriateness of the series. The only thing I'd consider of concern to parents would be their comfort level with the word "lover". Looking forward to the next volume which will concentrate on Hera.
This is a very accurate book. I have checked the mythology