Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome, by E.M. Berens This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome Author: E.M. Berens Release Date: August 23, 2007 [EBook #22381] Language: English *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MYTHS AND LEGENDS *** Produced by Alicia Williams, Keith Edkins and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net _A HAND-BOOK OF MYTHOLOGY._ * * * * * THE MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME. BY E. M. BERENS. _ILLUSTRATED FROM ANTIQUE SCULPTURES._ [Illustration] NEW YORK: MAYNARD, MERRILL, & CO., 43, 45 AND 47 EAST TENTH STREET.
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* * * * * {i} PREFACE. * * * * * The want of an interesting work on Greek and Roman mythology, suitable for the requirements of both boys and girls, has long been recognized by the principals of our advanced schools. The study of the classics themselves, even where the attainments of the pupil have rendered this feasible, has not been found altogether successful in giving to the student a clear and succinct idea of the religious beliefs of the ancients, and it has been suggested that a work which would so deal with the subject as to render it at once interesting and instructive would be hailed as a valuable introduction to the study of classic authors, and would be found to assist materially the labours of both master and pupil. In endeavouring to supply this want I have sought to place before the reader a lifelike picture of the deities of classical times as they were conceived and worshipped by the ancients themselves, and thereby to awaken in the minds of young students a desire to become more intimately acquainted with the noble productions of classical antiquity. It has been my aim to render the Legends, which form the second portion of the work, a picture, as it were, of old Greek life; its customs, its superstitions, and its princely hospitalities, for which reason they are given at somewhat greater length than is usual in works of the kind. In a chapter devoted to the purpose some interesting particulars have been collected respecting the public worship of the ancient Greeks and Romans (more especially of the former), to which is subjoined an account of their principal festivals. I may add that no pains have been spared in order that, without passing over details the omission of which would have {ii} marred the completeness of the work, not a single passage should be found which could possibly offend the most scrupulous delicacy; and also that I have purposely treated the subject with that reverence which I consider due to every religious system, however erroneous.
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