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Greek mythology systematized (1880) (14559574700)


Greek mythology systematized (1880) (14559574700)



Identifier: greekmythologysy00scul (find matches)
Title: Greek mythology systematized
Year: 1880 (1880s)
Authors: Scull, Sarah Amelia
Subjects: Mythology, Greek Emblems
Publisher: Philadelphia : Porter & Coates
Contributing Library: Harold B. Lee Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Brigham Young University

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ionof which depended the fate of Troy. This Palladiumhad been given by Zeus to Dardanus, the great founderof the Trojan line ; its loss could presage only ruin. Ulysses now planned the downfall of the doomed city.A horse was constructed of sufficient size to hold a largenumber of Greeks. This image was filled with armedmen, and the Grecian forces were gathered into theships, and the Trojans saw the whole fleet sailing fromtheir shores. They rushed to the camp of their enemy,but found only the great structure, called the woodenhorse, that contained those whose entrance to their cityshould secure its fall. Thinking that this structure must THE TROJAN WAR. 355 have a religious meaning, they determined to preserveit; so it was taken to the city-gates. If we are right in thinking that the fall of Troy wasdecreed by the gods as a penalty for the violation ofmoral law in upholding Paris in his sin, then we canunderstand THE STORY OF LAOCOON. This was a priest of Apollo, who with his two sons
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Laocoon (from the group at the Vatican). had come to offer a sacrifice to his god. He raised avoice of warning against receiving in their city anything 3S6 GREEK MYTHOLOGY. of Greek workmanship ; and he was turning the wholetide of feehng toward the removal or destruction of thehorse ; and they would have thus saved their city. Butthe gods had decreed its downfall, whereas the tenor ofthe advice of Laocoon w^as opposed to that decree ; so,in order to move the Trojans to act to their own destruc-tion, the influence of the priest must be counteracted.Two serpents came from the island of Tenedos andcrushed in their folds Laocoon and his sons. TheTrojans readily believed that some deity had thuspunished Laocoon for sacrilegious treatment to thehorse, and they were thus prepared to work theirown ruin. When the Greek fleet sailed, they left behind themSinon, so bound that he presented the appearance of avictim that had been prepared for the sacrifice. Sinonassumed this character, and upon b





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