By Nathaniel Hawthorne
From one among America's maximum writers come those vintage stories of magical creatures and adventures written specifically for kids. listed here are the tales of King Midas, the guy who used to be capable of flip every thing he touched into gold; Hercules, the best and most powerful hero of all time; the Gorgons, merciless witches with snakes for hair; and lots of different superb warriors and evil monsters. contains "The Gorgon's Head," "The Golden Touch," "The Paradise of Children," "The 3 Golden Apples," "The surprising Pitchers," and "The Chimaera."
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She told Kronos that she had given birth to a horse and she gave him a foal to swallow. 2). This story is clearly based on the familiar story about Zeus and the stone, and perhaps it serves to give Poseidon a position of importance in the Succession Myth. We can also note Poseidon’s connection to the horse; in Chapter One we noticed another Arcadian myth in which Poseidon in the form of a stallion rapes Demeter in the form of a mare. Kronos was not a major god, and not one of the Olympians. He was a god of the second generation, and he no longer had power, since had been deposed by Zeus.
FAMOUS WOMEN OF MYTH IN THE ODYSSEY When Odysseus went to the Land of the Dead (as he tells the Phaiakians in Book Eleven of the Odyssey) he first met the soul of one of his crew who had recently died and had not yet been buried. Next he spoke with the soul of the blind seer Teiresias, and then with the soul of his mother. After that Persephone sent him a parade of women, women famous in myth before the Trojan War. Odysseus names 14 of these women – Tyro, Antiope, Alkmene, Megara, Epikaste, Chloris, Leda, Iphimedeia, Phaedra, Prokris, Ariadne, Maira, Klymene, and Eriphyle.
6 It seems, however, that an aetiological myth often was developed after the ritual practice, as an invention to explain what already existed. Aetiological myths may be associated with Panhellenic rituals, as the Homeric Hymn to Demeter is associated with the Panhellenic Eleusinian Mysteries, but they may also be local, as the story of the Bouphonia is associated with a local ritual in Athens, the Dipolieia. Hesiod’s story of the sacrifice at Mekone justifies no particular ritual, but rather the general ritual division of the meat in a normal sacrifice.
A Wonder Book: Heroes and Monsters of Greek Mythology (Dover Children's Evergreen Classics) by Nathaniel Hawthorne