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A Book of Myths

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Author: Jean Lang
Language: English
Wordcount: 92,506 / 265 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.6
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 20,757
Added to site: 2007.09.26
mnybks.net#: 18335
Genre: Myth

Just as a little child holds out its hands to catch the sunbeams, to feel and to grasp what, so its eyes tell it, is actually there, so, down through the ages, men have stretched out their hands in eager endeavour to know their God. And because only through the human was the divine knowable, the old peoples of the earth made gods of their heroes and not unfrequently endowed these gods with as many of the vices as of the virtues of their worshippers. As we read the myths of the East and the West we find ever the same story.

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that should for evermore charm the souls and hearts of men, and yet, for evermore, be man's undoing.

To Vulcan, god of fire, whose province Prometheus had insulted, was given the work of fashioning out of clay and water the creature by which the honour of the gods was to be avenged. "The lame Vulcan," says Hesiod, poet of Greek mythology, "formed out of the earth an image resembling a chaste virgin. Pallas Athené, of the blue eyes, hastened to ornament her and to robe her in a white tunic. She dressed on the crown of her head a long veil, skilfully fashioned and admirable to see; she crowned her forehead with graceful garlands of newly-opened flowers and a golden diadem that the lame Vulcan, the illustrious god, had made with his own hands to please the puissant Jove. On this crown Vulcan had chiselled the innumerable animals that the continents and the sea nourish in their bosoms, all endowed with a marvellous grace and apparently alive. When he had finally completed, instead of some useful wo

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****
2011.12.14
Jose Medina
*****

it was a pretty good book and it will be great for the myth seekers! i read it all in a week i actually was shocked about when it said all the death i wss like wow!! but a good book!

2010.01.17
connor
*****

it was great good for any mytholigy lover


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