Heroes and Demi-Gods: The Rise and Fall Lecture Series

West End Library

Heroes and Demi-Gods: The Rise and Fall Lecture Series

Kids' Club is our book club for readers ages 5-12. We meet every other Saturday from 2 - 3 p.m. Your child does not have to read the book ahead of time to participate. We will read a selection as a group then play a game or make a project. Children will be introduced to new titles so they can pick a perfect book to read at home. In the course of human religion, history and literature, there have been individuals who are understood to be - or are treated as if they are - somehow more than the rest of us. In antiquity, it was more often than not the case that such individuals were presumed either to have a divine parent or at least, to have unusually reliable divine support.

If - as the centuries have since passed - we have been decreasingly likely to ascribe that sort of connection to charismatic and successful figures, we may still often find ourselves placing them on high pedestals.

But the problem with such a position is that one can fall far if one falls - and be broken, like Humpty Dumpty. How has this idea played out in Western literature and how can the idea and its representation inform our thinking about ourselves as a species? Copies are available for check-out at the West End Library.