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Mytharb is the outcome of my thesis for the Msc Design and Digital Media. It is an Augmented Reality book about the Pelasgian Greek myth. It's digital content consists of 3D models and animation, …

Mytharb is the outcome of my thesis for the Msc Design and Digital Media. It is an Augmented Reality book about the Pelasgian Greek myth. It's digital content consists of 3D models and animation, sound and video.
Technology used: BuildAR Pro 2, Blender, Photoshop, Illustrator

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  • 1. mytharb arThe Pelasgian myth
  • 2. The Pelasgian myth 3
  • 3. This book is the outcome of my dissertation project inthe frames of the MSc Design and Digital Media at theUniversity of Edinburgh. The design, information andthe version of the myth are based on a combination ofdifferent sources that I found during my research for theprocessing needs of my project. Although I tried to beas much consistent as I could, this book does not seekto present the most precise information. The project asa whole aims to suggest an Augmented Reality (AR)educative prototype that would be a basis for furtherresearch and more accurate details.© Loukia GoniAugust 2011, University of Edinburgh4
  • 4. Augment your Reality1. Download the free BuildAR Pro 2 Trial. You can access it here: Click on the BuildAR Pro folder and open the BuildAR Viewer.3. Select Cancel to the Choose Tracker Type window.4. Select video and camera as your video source. Press the greenarrow and then OK.5. Do you see yourself in the window? If not, check that your webcamworks properly.6. Go to File and Open scene. Select scene 1 (book pages 3-11) andwait a little bit to load.7. Point the black and white markers inside the book to the webcam.8. Be careful not to cover the markers with your hands or other items.11. Repeat step 4 to load scene 2 (p.12-21), 3 (p.22-25) and 4 (p.26-29).Let the magic begin! 5
  • 5. The pelasgian mythLong ago, in ancient Greece in the era of the powerfulgods, the sublime god of the Greek Pantheon, Zeus,foresaw that the small city under the rock of Acropoliswould have a glorious future and decided that it shouldobtain a proper name. Until then the city was knownas Akti or Aktiki, after the name of it’s first native king,Aktaios. Zeus invited the other 11 Olympian Gods onthe top of the highest mountain of Greece, Olympus,to announce that one of them would be chosen for thename and the land of the city.6
  • 6. The gods pleased to hear these news consideredthemselves as the most appropriate for this occasion.However, Zeus thought that the inhabitants of the citywhere good at constructing solid boats to travel andcreating nice pots and statues to adorn the temples.And he narrowed the competition to take placebetween Poseidon, the god of the Sea, and Athena,the protectress of the Arts. The winner would be the onewhose gift that should emerge from the earth would bethe most useful for the city. 7
  • 7. Athena8
  • 8. The goddess of wisdom, civilization, warfare, strength,strategy, arts, crafts, justice and skill. She is a shrewdcompanion of heroes and the goddess of heroicendeavour. In her role as protectress of the city, thegreek polis, many people throughout the Greek worldworshiped her as Athena Polias, which means “Athenaof the city”. The Parthenon temple on the Acropolis wasbuilt by the Athenians in her honor. 9
  • 9. Poseidon10
  • 10. Poseidon is most famous as the god of Sea. The sonof Crones and Rhea, Poseidon has six siblings whoeventually "divided the power of the world." The divisionof the universe involved him and his brothers, Zeus andHades. Poseidon became ruler of the sea, Zeus ruled thesky and Hades got the underworld. The other divinitiesattributed to Poseidon involve the god of earthquakesand the god of horses. 11
  • 11. Cecrops12
  • 12. King Cecrops is the son of Earth and mythical founderof the city of Athens in Acropolis, which at the time ofhis kingship was called Kekropia. He is supposed to havelived around 1600 BC. He was especially worshiped onthe Acropolis in the form of a snake. He is the first Attichero and chthonic deity, often presented as twin-track,half human and half snake. 13
  • 13. ErechteionErechteion is an unusual building devoted to the worshipof various ancient gods. It is situated in the northern sideof the Arcropolis. It was constructed of Pentelic marbleduring the Peloponnesian War, between 421 and 406BC, probably by the architect Mnesicles.14
  • 14. The north portico is supported by six tall Ionic columns.Their height reaches the 7.635 m. The door, which originalheight was 4,88 m. and its width 2,43 m. leads to thevestibule of the western part of the Erechteion. The dooron the right leads to the Pandroseion yard. 15
  • 15. In the western part of the Erechteion was Pandroseionwhich was dedicated to Pandrosos, one of Cecrop’sdaughters. There is also the sacred olivetree, Athena’sgift to the city during the dispute with Poseidon.16
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  • 17. The eastern section of the temple was devoted to theworship of Athena Polias. The entrance was a six- columnIonic portico. The height of the column was 6,586 m.18
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  • 19. The mythAt the defined day, the opponents, goddess Athena andgod Poseidon went to the rock of Acropolis and sat on thegolden thrones next to the King Cecrops, who would attendas witness. 20
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  • 21. Zeus and the other gods would attend from above,whereas the people of the city were invited to makethe judge in the dispute.22
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  • 23. Athena was the first to present her gift to the city. Shewent to the Padroseion yard, she touched the groundwith her spear and all of a sudden an olivetree full of fruitappeared. This tree was preserved for many years later.Even after it was burnt by the Persians, it grew back thenext day.24
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  • 25. After Athena’s gift, Poseidon stood up from his throneand confidently threw his trident to a rock. Immediatelya wave of salt water sprang from the rock and formeda small lake known as the Erechthiida’ sea.26
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  • 27. Then Zeus declared the end of the race and told theother gods to determine who won. At the same timerequested the testimony and the opinion of Cecrops.From the top of the hill Cecrops glanced around, butwherever he turned his eyes, looked at salt water. Seawas everywhere.28
  • 28. The olive tree of Athena was the first to sprout across thecountry and yet, it was the promise to the city for gloryand happiness. Cecrops decided that Athena’s gift wasmore useful and gave the dominance of the city to her. 29