1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described
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The front cover has been created by the transcriber for the convenience of the reader. The front cover is released into the public domain.
For ease of searching, names with a syllabic accent mark have been included initially without that accent, and all ligatures have been expanded (e.g. æ has become ae). Further, proper nouns in the main body of the text (but not in the quoted material) have been made consistent where there was either a definite typographic error or there was a clear prevalence of one form over another. A list of these changes may be found at the end of the text.
There were some instances of valid variable spellings which have been preserved as printed in each case. These include: Adrastaea, Adrasteia; Dionysus, Dionysius; Galatea, Galataea; Nemean, Nemaean; Perithous, Pirithous. The book also uses some archaic spelling, and this is also preserved as printed.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS, HIGH SCHOOLS
EDITED WITH INTRODUCTION BY
EDWARD S. ELLIS, M.A.
Author of “The Young People’s Standard History of the
United States” and “Common Errors in Writing
COPYRIGHT, 1895, BY THE WOOLFALL COMPANY
COPYRIGHT, 1899, BY HINDS & NOBLE
HINDS, HAYDEN & ELDREDGE, Inc.
NEW YORK PHILADELPHIA CHICAGO
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There are many expressions which, though simple in themselves, must forever remain beyond the grasp of human comprehension. Eternity, that which has neither end nor beginning, baffles the most profound human thought. It is impossible to think of a point beyond which there is absolutely nothing, or to imagine the passing of a million years without bringing us one day or one minute nearer to their close. Suppose that one could fix upon the terminal point, we would still fancy something beyond that, and then some period still more remote would present itself, and so on ad infinitum.
The same insurmountable difficulty confronts us when we seek to imagine a First Cause. God was the beginning, and yet it seems to our finite minds, that something [Pg 4] must have brought Him into existence, and we conclude that back again of that creating Power must have been another originating cause, and perhaps still another, and so on without limitation.
And yet we know that there must have been a period when everything was void, or, in other words, when there was nothing. In the awful grandeur of that loneliness, desolation, and chaos, God we know, however, existed and called the universe into being. All that we, in our present finite condition, can ever comprehend of that stupendous birth is contained in the opening of the first chapter of Genesis.
That is the story of the creation as told by God Himself to His chosen people, the Hebrews, they alone being selected from the nations then existing upon the earth to receive the wonderful revelation.