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The myths and legends of Ancient Greece


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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