THE Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome. HTML version

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
marred the completeness of the work, not a single passage should