A Wonder Book: Heroes and Monsters of Greek Mythology (Dover by Nathaniel Hawthorne

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

From considered one of America's maximum writers come those vintage stories of magical creatures and adventures written specifically for kids. listed below are the tales of King Midas, the guy who was once 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 outstanding warriors and evil monsters. comprises "The Gorgon's Head," "The Golden Touch," "The Paradise of Children," "The 3 Golden Apples," "The incredible Pitchers," and "The Chimaera."

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24 In an important discussion G. B. 4 that bees can be generated from a rotting bull carcass, quoting two Hellenistic lines of epigram. 24 C. G. 15) made Orpheus successful in restoring Eurydice: there is no previous tradition of his failure. Introduction xxxi 25 stories. Although Virgil’s Hellenistic narrative form seems to subordinate the Orpheus story to that of Aristaeus (whose irresponsible attempt to rape Eurydice set off this tragic sequence), the two heroes’ parallel situations give them equal significance.

It was Ceres who first taught to men the use of iron ploughs–– that time wild strawberries and oak berries were scanty in the sacred groves and Dodona* was miserly with her support. Soon growing grain grew into harder work. Blight rusted stalks, and thistles mustered into view to lord it over all that you accomplished; crops began to flounder, a rough growth to advance–– goosegrass, or ‘cleavers’, and bristling burrs––while wild oats and dreaded darnel ruled head and shoulder over your welltended plot.

270 280 16 290 300 310 Book One lines 287–311 It’s true, the small small hours are best for many things, or that very moment the sun is fledging and the land’s still dabbed with dew. Night’s the best for cutting lighter crops, night’s best for welldrained meadows, for then there is no lack of lingering moisture. There’s a certain sort of man who by winter firelight stays up all night edging iron implements. And all the while, with soothing songs lightening the load of her routine, his helpmeet runs across her loom her rattling reed, and in the hearth a flame reduces the sweet-scented must, its bubbles simmering in a pot she skims with brush-strokes of broad leaves.

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