The Mythology of Greece and Rome

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FIG 21a. --RELIEF FROM A BASE FOUND AT MANTINEA ( fourth century B.C.?). Three Muses; the one at the left has a double flute, the one at the right a lute.

the sources of Oceanus to Olympus as the wife of Zeus." The children of this pair are the Horæ, who in due time bring to perfection the fruits of the earth. At Athens they are named Thallo, Auxo, and Carpo ( Bloom, Growth, and Fruit). In Rome there were four Horæ personifying the four seasons of the year, or again the Horæ were treated as children representing the hours of the day.

(b) The Charites (Graces) and Eurynome. --Eurynome is one of the names for the mother goddess in nature, the personification of life and fertility in both the animal and the vegetable world. In mythology she remains but a name--a name, however, which signifies that the life principle in nature brings forth gladness and beauty and grace. In art and in story the children of Eurynome, the Charites, stand for all that is fair in human life. They are pictured as beautiful maidens, flower-crowned, dancing and singing or playing the flute. The charm of life as men

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