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Ancient Gods: BC vs DC

Experience the ancient gods in BC (history) and today in DC (Comics, TV & movies!)

Ancient Gods BC vs DC mythology

Day 1: We’ll visit a Boston area bookstore and find books on modern DC Comics (or Marvel) versions of the gods, and books about classical versions of the ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian gods. We’ll also vote for what movie we want to watch tomorrow.

Possible choices:
Wonder Woman – featuring the Greek god Ares
Hercules, 2014, starring Dwayne Johnson,
Jason and the Argonauts (1963 film)
Clash of the Titans (1981 film)
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, 2010, Chris Columbus

Films based on Greek or Roman mythology

Films based on Norse mythology

Films based on DC Comics

Day 2: We’ll go over the books we purchased, and using markers and colored pencils, create a poster showing who these gods are. Then we’ll watch the movie that we voted for. Discussion follows on the themes of the film.

Day 3: Do a comparison of a god in DC (okay, or in Marvel) comics to how gods were viewed in ancient times. Artwork, Power Points, Google Slides, Posters, Etc.

Day 4: We’ll see statues and paintings of the ancient gods at the Museum of Fine Arts,

Located on the Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums with nearly 500,000 works of art. https://www.mfa.org/collections

Our online resource: What is mythology?


The Brattle Book Shop, Downtown Crossing, 9 West Street. 250,000+ titles. Founded 1825. Outdoor section plus 3 stories indoors. Americana, Boston, History, politics, religion, philosophy, fiction, non-fiction, rare books and collectibles.

Learning Goals

Common Core ELA History

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.1  –  Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework

7.8 Identify polytheism (the belief that there are many gods) as the religious belief of the people in Mesopotamian civilizations. (H)

7.32 Describe the myths and stories of classical Greece; give examples of Greek gods and goddesses, heroes, and events, and where and how we see their names used today. (H)

AP Art History Curriculum Framework

ENDURING UNDERSTANDING 2-2. Religion plays a significant role in the art and architecture of the ancient Near East, with cosmology guiding representation of deities and kings who themselves assume divine attributes.

Essential Knowledge 2-2a. Artists created fully developed, formal types, including sculptures of human figures interacting with gods and stylistic conventions representing the human form with a combined profile and three-quarter view. In these combinations, important figures are set apart using a hierarchical scale or by dividing the compositions into horizontal sections or registers, which provide significant early examples of historical narratives.

Essential Knowledge 2-5b. The Greek, Etruscan, and Roman cultures shared a rich tradition of epic storytelling (first orally transmitted, later written) that glorified the exploits of gods, goddesses, and heroes. The texts recorded a highly developed rhetorical tradition that prized public oratory and poetry.

American Association of School Librarians

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner


4.1.1 Read, view, and listen for pleasure and personal growth.
4.1.2 Read widely and fluently to make connections with self, the world, and previous reading.
4.1.4 Seek information for personal learning in a variety of formats and genres.

4.1.5 Connect ideas to own interests and previous knowledge and experience.

4.2.1 Display curiosity by pursuing interests through multiple resources.

4.2.2 Demonstrate motivation by seeking information to answer personal questions and interests, trying a variety of formats and genres, and displaying a willingness to go beyond academic requirements.

4.2.4 Show an appreciation for literature by electing to read for pleasure and expressing an interest in various literary genres.

4.3.3 Seek opportunities for pursuing personal and aesthetic growth.

Teacher observation: daily HOWLS
Completing handouts/assignments/reflections

About the top image

Do you watch the CW television series, The Flash? This iconic representation of the Greek gods is inspired by Art Deco style and taken from classic Greek mythology, and purposefully made to tie it together with DC Comics!

The Flash Justice League mural

Since the pilot episode for The Flash aired, numerous fans have speculated that the bas-relief mural of seven Greco-Roman gods inscribed with the word “Justice” at the Central City Police Department was in fact a not-too-subtle reference to the Justice League. We missed it the first time around, but made note of it in the second episode, particularly after a reader noted that the seven figures in the mural were too few: there were 12 gods who live on Olympus and only seven — a common number for Justice League lineups — on the mural. Designer Tyler Harron, who confirmed that the gods on the image are indeed meant to be Superman as Zeus (Jupiter), Batman as Hades (Pluto), Wonder Woman as Hera (Juno), the Flash as Hermes (Mercury), Green Arrow as Apollo, Aquaman as Poseidon (Neptune), and the Green Lantern as Hephaestus (Vulcan). “I wanted to do a deco [themed] set and [the sculpting style of] bas-relief in the deco era was rampant and so was the Greek mythology in their sculptures,” Harron explained. “So I said I’d like to put in an Easter egg that represents all each one of the Justice League members.



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