The Twelve Olympians

The Twelve Olympians

The Twelve Olympians

The Twelve Olympians

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Four years have passed since the present work was produced by Pan Books Limited under the title The Twelve Olympians, and the friendly reception given it has induced me to agree to this fresh edition.

The gratitude to certain scholars and helpers which I expressed in the earlier version of this book is as strong as it ever was, and I should now like to add to theirs yet another pair of distinguished names: Professor Martin P. Nilsson, and Professor H. J. Rose, who have suggested a number of minor changes in the text. Alterations made in certain details about the Hittites are due to help given me by Mr Ronald Crossland.

My own interest in the goddesses and gods of the Greeks goes back to an early childhood part-spent in frequent wandering and day-dreaming among the sun-baked ruins of Pompeii, and to much instruction in ancient lore. Because of a life spent with a variety of religious experiences -- wherein both agnosticism and mysticism once played their parts -- I felt moved to write Chapter 1, entitled 'The Beliefs of the Greeks', which must not be misunderstood. It is not a proclamation of my own personal views -- which are touched upon in the Epilogue -- but an attempt to learn the facts about a religious climate that differs from ours. I am endeavouring, while I seek to understand the old beliefs, to keep my mind detached from those pieties of childhood which are engendered in the nursery and proclaimed in the Litany. But I in no way wish to derogate from the official and recognized faiths of the Western World, rather only to indicate -- with such scientific impartiality as it may be possible to attain -- the differences between ancient and modern modes of approach to godhead; and also to point out that a Greek would have raised eyebrows of surprise at a variety of prevalent views, practices, and ways of religious life. Yet these require consideration in order to contrast them with ancient Greek views, practices, and ways of religious life, and in . . .

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