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A History of Greece from the Earliest Times to the Roman Conquest; With Supplementary Chapters on the History of Literature and Art - new book

ISBN: 9780217661904

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Head of Olympian Jovp. BOOK I. THE MYTHICAL AGE. CHAPTER I. THE EARLIEST INHABITANTS OF GREECE. 1. Legendary character of early Grecian history. 2. Legends of the Greeks respecting their origin. 3. The Hellenes p.cd their diffusion iu Greece. 4. Connexion of the Hellenes with the In Jo-European stem. 5. The Pelasgians. g 6. Foreign settlers in Greece. 7. Egyptian colonies of Cecrops and Danaus. 8. Phrygian colony of Pelops. 9. Phoenician colony of Cadmus. 1. The clouds which envelope the early history of Greece are lighted up by the brilliant hues of Grecian fable; but the reader must carefully guard against believing in the reality of the personages or of the events commemorated by these beautiful legends. Some of them, it is true, probably sprung out of events which actually occurred, and may therefore contain a kernel of historical truth; but we have no means of distinguishing between what is true and what is false, between the historical facts and their subsequent embellishments. Till events are recorded in written documents, no materials exist for a trustworthy history; and it was not till the epoch known by the name of thefirst Olympiad, corresponding to the year 776 before Christ, that the Greeks began to employ writing as a means for perpetuating the memory of any historical facts. Before that period everything is vague and uncertain; and for two centuries afterwards we meet with only a few isolated events, and possess nothing in the form of a continuous history. But even the mythical age must not be passed over entirely. In all cases the traditions of a people are worthy of record; and this is especially true of the Greeks, whose legends moulded their faith and influenced their conduct down to the latest times. 2. Few nat...

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