The Student's Mythology; A Compendium of Greek...


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Author  C. A. White
Publication Date   May 10, 2012
ISBN  1231182474
Pages  64

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 Excerpt: ...sacrifice on his tomb, Polyxena, one of the daughters of Priam. The unhappy maiden was torn from her mother's arms, and immolated by Pyrrhus, the son of Achilles. Hec'uba learned soon after the sad fate of her son Polydorus. This young prince, who had been commended by Priam to the care of Polymnestor, king of Thrace, was treacherously murdered by that monarch. The bereaved mother planned a terrible revenge. Promising disclosures with regard to hidden treasures, she induced Polymnestor and his children to visit her in secret. Then, aided by her fellow captives, Hec'uba murdered the young princes and put out the father's eyes. While endeavoring to escape from the vengeance of the Thracians, she was suddenly transformed into a dog. Ques. Who was Ulys'ses? Ans. He was king of Ithaca, and had been, like many other princes of Greece, a suitor of the beautiful Helen. Believing that he had no hope for success among so many competitors, Ulys'ses asked the hand of Penel'ope, daughter of Icarus. His suit was granted; but when he was about to depart with his bride, Icarus was so much grieved, that he tried to persuade Penel'ope to remain with him, and not accompany her husband to Ithaca. Ulys'ses bade her act according to her inclination, saying that she was free to remain, if such was her desire. Penel'ope made no reply, but dropped her veil over her face. Icarus urged her no longer, and when she was gone, he erected a statue to Modesty, on the spot where they parted. When the Grecian princes were called upon to revenge the abduction of Helen, Ulys'ses was unwilling to leave his peaceful kingdom, and sacrifice the happiness he enjoyed in the company oi Penel'ope. Hearing that Palame'des had come to summon him to the field, he pretended to be insane. He yoked a horse ...

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