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MYTHOLOGY


Game of Mythology
Laura Wheaton Abbot Cooke. The Game of Mythology. Cincinnati: Peter G. Thomson, 1884.

Peter G. Thomson manufactured educational games, and was one of the few game makers not based on the East coast.

The object of the game was to complete a set of five matching cards of Mythological figures. The cards have nice illustrations of each God or Goddess, as well as a brief historical sketch for each.

Below are examples of cards from the game and corresponding images from books in the Lilly Library collection.




MYTHOLOGY IN THE LILLY LIBRARY COLLECTION


Game of Mythology - Pronunciation card
Pronunciation card from The Game of Mythology. Cincinnati: Peter G.Thomson, 1884.

The inclusion of a pronunciation card was an educational bonus for young players learning about Mythological figures.


Laocoon card
Laocoön card from The Game of Mythology. Cincinnati: Peter G.Thomson, 1884.
Laocoön
Lodovico Dolce. L'Achille et L'Enea. In Vinegia: Appresso Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari, 1570.

L'Achille et L'Enea is a 16th century translation of Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid.

In classical mythology, Laocoön was a Trojan priest of Apollo and a visionary, as well as the brother of Anchises. He and his sons were killed by serpents when he foresaw disaster for Troy in the Trojan Horse left by the Greeks. The scene of their deaths is the subject of a Hellenistic marble group, rediscovered in the Renaissance, and forms an episode in Virgil's Aeneid.


Ulysses card
Ulysses card from The Game of Mythology. Cincinnati: Peter G. Thomson, 1884.
The Odyssey
Homer. The Odyssey of Homer. London: Printed and published by Sir Emery Walker, Wilfred Merton, and Bruce Rogers, 1932.

Homer's epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, were just as well–read in 1884 as they are today.

Ulysses, also known as Odysseus, was the hero of The Odyssey.


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