Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

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by E M Berens
     
 

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Before entering upon the many strange beliefs of the ancient Greeks, and the extraordinary number of gods they worshipped, we must first consider what kind of beings these divinities were.
In appearance, the gods were supposed to resemble mortals, whom, however, they far surpassed in beauty, grandeur, and strength; they were also more commanding in stature, height

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Before entering upon the many strange beliefs of the ancient Greeks, and the extraordinary number of gods they worshipped, we must first consider what kind of beings these divinities were.
In appearance, the gods were supposed to resemble mortals, whom, however, they far surpassed in beauty, grandeur, and strength; they were also more commanding in stature, height being considered by the Greeks an attribute of beauty in man or woman. They resembled human beings in their feelings and habits, intermarrying and having children, and requiring daily nourishment to recruit their strength, and refreshing sleep to restore their energies. Their blood, a bright ethereal fluid called Ichor, never engendered disease, and, when shed, had the power of producing new life.
The Greeks believed that the mental qualifications of their gods were of a much higher order than those of men, but nevertheless, as we shall see, they were not considered to be exempt from human passions, and we frequently behold them actuated by revenge, deceit, and jealousy. They, however, always punish the evil-doer, and visit with dire calamities any impious mortal who dares to neglect their worship or despise their rites. We often hear of them visiting mankind and partaking of their hospitality, and not unfrequently both gods and goddesses become attached to mortals, with whom they unite themselves, the offspring of these unions being called heroes or demi-gods, who were usually renowned for their great strength and courage. But although there were so many points of resemblance between gods and men, there remained the one great characteristic distinction, viz., that the gods enjoyed immortality. Still, they were not invulnerable, and we often hear of them being wounded, and suffering in consequence such exquisite torture that they have earnestly prayed to be deprived of their privilege of immortality.

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ISBN-13:
2940149487240
Publisher:
Starling and Black
Publication date:
04/05/2014
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235 KB

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The Myths And Legends Of Ancient Greece And Rome (Large Print Edition) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a collection of mthys, it is much closer to a textbook. If you don't want a textbook, don't buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is there any rds that arent real words? Please respond........... Thanks ~ ; ) S.M.M.
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The sample was pretty good
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Perfect for Nook Simple Touch, true to book. Accurate and nice layout.
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