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Mythology by Edith Hamilton

Mythology by Edith Hamilton

Author:Edith Hamilton [HAMILTON, EDITH]
Language: eng
Format: epub, mobi, azw3
Tags: History / Ancient - Greece
ISBN: 9780316032162
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Published: 2012-06-24T16:00:00+00:00


After his mighty labors he has rest.

His choicest prize eternal peace.

Within the homes of blessedness.

But it is not easy to imagine him contentedly enjoying rest and peace, or allowing the blessed gods to do so, either.

CHAPTER IV

Atalanta

Her story is told in full only by the late writers Ovid and Apollodorus, but it is an old tale. One of the poems ascribed to Hesiod, but probably of a somewhat later date, say, the early seventh century, describes the race and the golden apples, and the Iliad gives an account of the Calydonian boar hunt. I have followed in my account Apollodorus, who probably wrote in the first or second century A.D. Ovid’s tale is good only occasionally. He gives a charming picture of Atalanta among the hunters which I have put into my account, but often, as in the description of the boar, he is so exaggerated, he verges on the ridiculous. Apollodorus is not picturesque, but he is never absurd.



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