By Nathaniel Hawthorne
From certainly one of America's maximum writers come those vintage stories of magical creatures and adventures written particularly for kids. listed here are the tales of King Midas, the fellow who used to be capable of flip every little thing he touched into gold; Hercules, the best and most powerful hero of all time; the Gorgons, merciless witches with snakes for hair; and plenty of different outstanding warriors and evil monsters. comprises "The Gorgon's Head," "The Golden Touch," "The Paradise of Children," "The 3 Golden Apples," "The unbelievable Pitchers," and "The Chimaera."
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72–78): Girl, even earlier, when you were three years old still, When Leto came bearing you with her in her arms, As Hephaistos requested so that he might give lovely gifts, Brontes sat you down on his sturdy knees, 36 THE CHILDHOOD AND PERPETUAL VIRGINITY OF ARTEMIS And you seized some of the wooly hair of his great chest, Tearing it out violently—And to this day That mid-section of his chest remains bald. 1 Both Athena and Aphrodite are born fully grown with their powers fully manifest—Athena being born in armor, Aphrodite very distinctly nude.
The motif first appears in the early second millennium in Babylon and Anatolia, and becomes increasingly pervasive in the Near Eastern glyptic in the later second millennium, especially in the western regions of the Mitanni Empire, Syria, and eventually even Cyprus. The motif is thus an import into the Aegean, although this has little bearing on whether or not it could have been understood to represent a local goddess. It is entirely possible that the Near Eastern motif was used to represent a/the Goddess of Nature, or a separate being altogether.
A wreath of pollination surrounds her neck, while she stands flanked by deer and bee hives. About her chest is the zodiac (signs of a later addition), and, of course, the pendulous bags of plenty. Blooming flowers peek out AN EARLY HISTORY OF ARTEMIS 23 over her feet. All these call to mind Artemis’ dominion over the animal kingdom and the fertility of the natural world—animal and vegetal. The spread of Ephesian Artemis’ cult throughout the Greek world was extraordinary. Realistically, of course, it began along the western coast of Asia Minor, a region in close contact with the Mycenaean kingdoms in the Bronze Age and early colonized by the Greeks in the Dark Age.
A Wonder Book: Heroes and Monsters of Greek Mythology (Dover Children's Evergreen Classics) by Nathaniel Hawthorne