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THE Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome.


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.
It is hardly necessary to dwell upon the importance of the study of
Mythology: our poems, our novels, and even our daily journals
teem with classical allusions; nor can a visit to our art galleries and
museums be fully enjoyed without something more than a mere
superficial knowledge of a subject which has in all ages inspired
painters, sculptors, and poets. It therefore only remains for me to
express a hope that my little work may prove useful, not only to
teachers and scholars, but also to a large class of general readers,
who, in whiling away a leisure hour, may derive some pleasure and
profit from its perusal.
E. M. BERENS.
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CONTENTS.
PART I.—MYTHS.
Introduction, 7
FIRST DYNASTY.
Origin of the World—
Uranus and Gæa (Cœlus and Terra), 11
SECOND DYNASTY.
Cronus (Saturn), 14
Rhea (Ops), 18
Division of the World, 19
Theories as to the Origin of Man, 21
THIRD DYNASTY.
OLYMPIAN DIVINITIES—
Zeus (Jupiter), 26
Hera (Juno), 38
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