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هContents
How This Book Came to Be
The Author's Preface
The Editor's Preface
1 Introduction
Roman Divinities
2 Prometheus and Pandora
3 Apollo and Daphne, Pyramus and Thisbe, Cephalus and Procris
Apollo and Daphne
Pyramus and Thisbe
Cephalus and Procris
4 Juno and Her Rivals, Io and Callisto, Diana and Actæon, Latona and the Rustics
Callisto
Diana and Actæon
Latona and the Rustics
5 Phaëton
6 Midas, Baucis and Philemon
Baucis and Philemon
7. Prosperine, Glaucus and Scylla
Glaucus and Scylla
8 Pygmalion, Dryope; Venus and Adonis; Apollo and Hyacinthus
Dryope
Venus and Adonis
Apollo and Hyacinthus
9 Ceyx and Halcyone: Or the Halcyon Birds
10 Vertumnus and Pomona
11 Cupid and Psyche
12 Cadmus, the Myrmidons
Myrmidons
13 Nisus and Scylla, Echo and Narcissus, Clytie, Hero and Leander
Echo and Narcissus
Clytie
Hero and Leander
14 Minerva, Niobe
Niobe
15 The Grææ and Gorgons, Perseus, Medusa, Atlas, Andromeda
Perseus and Medusa
Perseus and Atlas
The Sea-Monster
The Wedding Feast
16 Monsters, Giants, Sphinx, Pegasus and Chimæra, Cantaurs, Griffin, and Pygmies
The Sphinx
Pegasus and the Chimæra
The Centaurs
The Pygmies
The Griffin, or Gryphon
17 The Golden Fleece, Medea
Medea and Æson
18 Meleanger and Atalanta
Atalanta
19 Hercules, Hebe and Ganymede
Hebe and Ganymede
20 Theseus, Dædalus, Castor and Pollux
Olympic and Other Games
Dædalus
Castor and Pollux
21 Bacchus, Ariadne
Ariadne
22 The Rural Deities, Erisichton, Rhœcus, the Water Deities, the Camenæ, the Winds
Erisichthon
Rhœcus
The Water Deities
Neptune
Amphitrite
Nereus and Doris
Triton and Proteus
Thetis
Leucothea and Palæmon
The Camenæ
The Winds
23 Achelous and Hercules, Admetus and Alcestis, Antigone, Penelope
Admetus and Alcestis
Antigone
Penelope
24 Orpheus and Eurydice, Aristæus, Amphion, Linus, Thamyris, Marsyas, Melampus, Musæus
Aristæus, the Bee-Keeper
Amphion
Linus
Thamyris
Marsyas
Melampus
Musæus
25 Arion, Ibycus, Simonides, Sappho
Arion
Ibycus
Simonides
Sappho
26 Endymion, Orion, Aurora and Tithonus, Acis and Galatea
Orion
Aurora and Tithonus
Acis and Galatea
27 The Trojan War
The Iliad
28 The Fall of Troy, Return of the Greeks, Agamemnon, Orestes and Electra
Menelaus and Helen
Agamemnon, Orestes and Electra
29 Adventures of Ulysses, the Lotus-Eaters, Cyclopses, Circe, Sirens, Scylla and Charybdis, Calypso
The Læstrygonians
Scylla and Charybdis
Calypso
30 The Paæacians, Fate of the Suitors
Fate of the Suitors
31 Adventures of Æneas, the Harpies, Dido, Palinurus
Dido
Palinurus
32 The Infernal Regions, the Sibyl
Elysium
The Sibyl
33 Æneas in Italy, Camilla, Evander, Nisus and Euryalus, Mesentius, Turnus
Opening the Gates of Janus
Camilla
Evander
Infant Rome
Nisus and Euryalus
Mezentius
Pallas, Camilla, Turnus
34 Pythagoras, Egyptian Deities, Oracles
Egyptian Deities
Myth of Osiris and Isis
Oracles
Oracle of Trophonius
Oracle of Æsculapius
Oracle of Apis
35 Origin of Mythology, Statues of Gods and Goddesses, Poets of Mythology
Statues of the Gods
The Olympian Jupiter
The Minerva of the Parthenon
The Venus de Medici
The Apollo Belvedere
The Diana a la Biche
The Poets of Mythology
Virgil
Ovid
36 Modern Monsters, the Phœnix, Basilisk, Unicorn, Salamander
The Phœnix
The Cockatrice or Basilisk
The Unicorn
The Salamander
37 Eastern Mythology, Zoraster, Hindu Mythology, Castes, Buddha, Grand Lama
Hindu Mythology
Vishnu
Siva
Juggernaut
Castes
Buddha
The Grand Lama
Prester John
38 Northern Mythology, Valhalla, the Valkyrior
Of the Joys of Valhalla
The Valkyrior
Of Thor and the Other Gods
Of Loki and His Progeny
How Thor paid the Mountain Giant His Wages
The Recovery of the Hammer
39 Thor's Visit to Jotunheim
40 The Death of Baldur, the Elves, Runic Letters, Skalds, Iceland
The Funeral of Baldur
The Elves
Ragnarok, the Twilight of the Gods
Runic Letters
The Skalds
Iceland
41 The Druids, Iona
Iona
42 Beowulf
Proverbial Expressions
Index of Names

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HOW THIS BOOK CAME TO BE

is a commonwealth, and her state legislature is the General Court. The General Court meets in a comely bnck edIfice on Beacon Street, opposite the superb St. Gaudens memorial to Colonel Robert Could Shaw, who fell on a southern battlefield at the head of hIs Negro troopers, and was buried, hy his own wish, in a common trench with those who died with him, a g.lllant band of freemen. It was in a volume of tnbutes to Colonel Shaw that the vibrant lines of Emcrson first appeared: MASSACHUSETTS

"So IlIgh is grandeur to our dust, So Ilear I~ God lo man, When Duty wlmper~ low, Thou must, The youth rephcs, 1 can."

Further along Beacon Street is a row of brick houses, built flush with the sHlewalk (they all have the Common for a front yard), in whIch a few ancknt wmdow panes, violet With the years, recall a vanished era. Dr. Oliver W(.'llddI I lohm's lived in one of those houses-dlc same Dr. Holmes who, in the pt'rso!1 of the Autocrat (If the Breakfast-Table, said that "Boston Sta(t'·h()u~e IS the hub of the solar system." Who was it that first transmogrifi