by Thomas Bulfinch


The religions of ancient Greece and Rome are extinct. The so-called divinities of Olympus have not a single worshipper among living men. They belong now not to the department of theology, but to those of literature and taste. There they still hold their place, and will continue to hold it, for they are too closely connected with the finest productions of poetry and art, both ancient and modern, to pass into oblivion.

We propose to tell the stories relating to them which have come down to us from the ancients, and which are alluded to by modern poets, essayists, and orators. Our readers may thus at the same time be entertained by the most charming fictions which fancy has ever created, and put in possession of information indispensable to every one who would read with intelligence the elegant literature of his own day...

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Chapter I: Introduction - Roman Deities
Chapter II: Prometheus and Pandora
Chapter III: Apollo and Daphne - Pyramus and Thisbe - Cephalus and Procris
Chapter IV: Juno and her Rivals - Diana and Actaeon - Latona and the Rustics
Chapter V: Phaeton
Chapter VI: Midas - Baucis and Philemon
Chapter VII: Proserpine - Glaucus and Scylla
Chapter VIII: Pygmalion - Dryope - Venus and Adonis - Apollo and Hyacinthus
Chapter IX: Ceyx and Halcyone
Chapter X: Vertumnus and Pomona
Chapter XI: Cupid and Psyche
Chapter XVII: The Golden Fleece - Medea

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