The stories, songs, and games of Plato’s reign: a look at the culture of 50 B.C.-A.D. 500

1. Plato’s reign (50 B.C.-A.D. 500):

At the time, very few stories had been composed specifically for children. And various generations of children grew up listening to the very same stories.

2. Children in this period:

In this period, children were not considered as innocent and were often punished for their mischievous activities. They were also expected to learn and behave like adults.

3. Story-telling in this period:

Story-telling was a popular form of entertainment in this period. Professional storytellers would recite stories from mythology and folklore to people of all ages.

4. Professional storytellers in this period:

There were many professional storytellers in this period who travelled from town to town entertaining people with their stories. Some of the most popular stories from this period were about heroes such as Robin Hood and King Arthur.

5. Censorship in this period:

Censorship was not as strict in this period as it would become later on. However, there were still some stories that were considered too dangerous or immoral for children to hear.

6. Stories from this period:

Some of the most popular stories from this period include the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer, as well as tales about Robin Hood and King Arthur.

7. Robin Hood:

8. King Arthur: 9. Iliad: 10. Odyssey: 11. Pictures in this period: 12. Games in this period: 13. Songs in this period: Some of the most popular songs from this period include “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Dixie.”


Children's literature in Western culture has its origins in the oral tradition of storytelling. For centuries, stories were passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth. As literacy rates increased, these stories were written down and published as books.

Children's literature has evolved over time in Western culture to become more sophisticated and complex. Early children's books were often didactic, teaching moral lessons or religious truths. Today's children's books are more likely to be entertaining, with richly developed characters and plots.

Some significant milestones or turning points in the history of children's literature in Western culture include the publication of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales (1835), Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), and J.M Barrie's Peter Pan (1904).

Some of the most important authors, illustrators, or publishers of children's literature in Western culture include Beatrix Potter, Dr Seuss, Maurice Sendak, and Roald Dahl.

Children's literature is an important part of our cultural heritage because it helps us to understand our past and present cultures through the lens of imagination and playfulness. It also allows us to share our values with future generations