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How A Wooden Horse Won A City How A Wooden Horse Won A City

How A Wooden Horse Won A City
Ten years the siege of Troy lasted, that mighty struggle that had been kindled by the flame of jealousy of gods and men, and ten years the Trojans resisted the Greeks. On both sides the brave fell in battle and the plain outside of the city of Troy became a waste place, full of dread and death. The hero Achilles, while offering up a sacrifice in the temple of Apollo, was treacherously slain by a poisoned arrow from Paris' bow that pierced his heel. The Greeks made use of the arrows of Hercules in their struggle, but even these proved useless... Short Stories - Post by : sparkplug4000 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 2491

How A Golden Apple Caused A War How A Golden Apple Caused A War

How A Golden Apple Caused A War
No one, as far as could be found out, had invited Eris to the party. Indeed everyone would have desired to keep her away, for it was a very great wedding feast attended by both the immortals and men, and Eris was the goddess of discontent. There was a beautiful nymph of the sea named Thetis whom even Jupiter had looked upon with favor, and she was given in marriage to a mortal, Peleus. The gathering was being held on Mount Olympus and just when the merrymaking was at its height and Ganymede, that comely Trojan youth whom Jupiter in the... Short Stories - Post by : David - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 1447

Medea's Caldron Medea's Caldron

Medea's Caldron
If a boy of to-day could have lived in the days of the ancient Greeks, learning by means of self restraint and all the arts of soldiery to be a hero in warfare, it is possible that his captain would have told him a strange story as part of his training. The boy would have wondered why he had to hear such a grim tale, and what it all meant, for it was one of the myths which rivalled almost all the rest in its hidden meaning. It was the story of Medea, the dark sorceress, and how she worked her... Short Stories - Post by : Attila - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 3715

The Winning Of The Golden Fleece The Winning Of The Golden Fleece

The Winning Of The Golden Fleece
Jason was having a boat built in which he planned to set sail on a kind of pirate expedition. He was going as far as the eastern shore of the Black Sea to try and capture and bring home the Golden Fleece. This golden fleece was a prize indeed, for it was a good deal like the magic carpet in a fairy tale. In very ancient times Mercury, the god with the winged shoes, had given the queen of Thessaly a ram whose fleece was of pure gold. There came a time when the queen found it necessary to send her... Short Stories - Post by : dottystorer - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 1469

The Adventure Of Glaucus The Adventure Of Glaucus

The Adventure Of Glaucus
Glaucus, the fisherman, rubbed his eyes to find out if he was not dreaming. He had just drawn in his net to land and had emptied it, ready to sort the fish that lay, a large haul, all over the grass. But a strange thing was happening to them. Of a sudden, the fishes began to revive and move their fins exactly as if they were in the water. Then, as Glaucus looked at them in astonishment, the fishes one and all moved off to the water, plunged in, and swam away. The spot where Glaucus fished was a beautiful island... Short Stories - Post by : rickman - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 953

How A Huntress Became A Bear How A Huntress Became A Bear

How A Huntress Became A Bear
Although Juno was the queen of the gods she had a failing that is common to mortals. She was very jealous, and particularly of any maiden of Earth whom she fancied might sometime be given a place by Jupiter among the great family of the gods on Mount Olympus. As soon as Juno saw Callisto, a beautiful huntress of the forests of Arcadia, she disliked her. Perhaps Juno would have liked to be free to roam through the woods where Pan played his music for dancing and the Dryads sported from one season to another as Callisto did. The goddess may... Short Stories - Post by : emedia - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 2111

How Melampos Fed The Serpent How Melampos Fed The Serpent

How Melampos Fed The Serpent
There was a hollow oak tree in front of the house of Melampos in Greece and inside it was a nest of serpents. Melampos was a farmer, skilful in raising fruits and grains and full of love for everything that lived out of doors. He would not so much as crush an ant hurrying home to its hill with a grain of sand, and although he did not particularly like snakes he saw no harm in these that had made themselves a home in a tree that no one wanted. "They will do us no hurt unless we disturb them," Melampos... Short Stories - Post by : AndyL - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 3070

How Psyche Reached Mount Olympus How Psyche Reached Mount Olympus

How Psyche Reached Mount Olympus
Once upon a time there was a king of Greece who had three beautiful daughters, but the youngest, who was named Psyche, was the most beautiful of all. The fame of her lovely face and the charm of her whole being were so great that strangers from the neighboring countries came in crowds to enjoy the sight and they paid Psyche the homage of love that was due to Venus herself. Venus' temple was deserted, and as Psyche passed by the people sang her praises, and strewed her way with flowers and wreaths. Venus had a son, Cupid, who was dearer... Short Stories - Post by : Dechenlau - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 1594

When Pomona Shared Her Apples When Pomona Shared Her Apples

When Pomona Shared Her Apples
Pomona was a dryad, and Venus had given her a wild apple tree to be her home. As Pomona grew up under the shadow of its branches, protecting the buds from winter storms, dressing herself in its pink blossoms in the spring time, and holding up her hands to catch its apples in the fall, she found that her love for this fruit tree was greater than anything else in her life. At last Pomona planted the first orchard and lived in it and tended it. The dryads were those favored children of the gods who lived in the ancient woods... Short Stories - Post by : netomax - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 3244

The Bee Man Of Arcadia The Bee Man Of Arcadia

The Bee Man Of Arcadia
Strange things were happening in a field of the beautiful country called Arcadia. A youth who wore a wreath of green laurel leaves on his dark hair sat on a rock and held a lyre in his hands from whose strings he drew sweet music. And as he played a wolf, who had been the terror of the shepherds for many leagues around, came out of the woods and lay down like a great dog at the feet of the youth. Next, the nearby olive trees bent their heads to listen and then moved toward him until they stood in a... Short Stories - Post by : affiliates9 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 1752

The Ploughman Who Brought Famine The Ploughman Who Brought Famine

The Ploughman Who Brought Famine
Erisichthon had made up his mind to kill the Dryad who lived in the oak tree. He was one of the strongest ploughmen in all Greece, and he knew Ceres who presided over the fields and her favorite Dryad of the oak tree very well. The oak tree had stood for centuries in a grove in which Ceres loved to rest, and it was almost a forest in itself. It overtopped the other trees as far as they stretched above the shrubs. Its trunk measured fifteen cubits around, and it was supported upon roots that were almost as strong as iron... Short Stories - Post by : love2bhappy - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 2985

When Proserpine Was Lost When Proserpine Was Lost

When Proserpine Was Lost
There were lilies and great blue violets growing wild on the banks of the lake in the vale of Enna. How could a little girl resist them, and particularly Proserpine whose mother was Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, and who had played and lived outdoors all her life? Proserpine had been racing through the forest with some of her boy and girls friends, farther than was wise. "Don't go out of sight of our own home fields," Ceres had said that morning. But here was Proserpine out of sight and sound of her playmates even. Violets like to grow in damp,... Short Stories - Post by : setien - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 3813

A Little Errand Girl's New Dress A Little Errand Girl's New Dress

A Little Errand Girl's New Dress
Once upon a time there was a child of the gods named Iris who had many very interesting relatives. On her mother's side was the Pleiades family, daughters of old Atlas who held the earth on his shoulders and nymphs in the train of Diana, the huntress. Diana was to be seen in the silvery moon of the night sky, and the Pleiades surrounded her there, seven shining stars. Iris had a most distinguished grandfather, Oceanus, the sea god. So she spent part of her time in the sky with the Pleiades and part in the ocean with her grandfather. It... Short Stories - Post by : otter - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 3233

How Mercury Gave Up His Tricks How Mercury Gave Up His Tricks

How Mercury Gave Up His Tricks
Apollo was in great trouble, for he had lost one of the herds of cattle he owned upon the earth. He knew the exact spot where he had left them the night before in a pasture of Arcadia, but when he rode out the next morning in his chariot of light with the first dawning of the day, the herd had disappeared. He searched the country for leagues about, but was unable to find a single trace of the cows. There was not even one hoof print to tell where they had gone. As Apollo searched, he met a farmer of... Short Stories - Post by : dnanev - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 3485

How King Midas Lost His Ears How King Midas Lost His Ears

How King Midas Lost His Ears
They needed a new king in the country of Phrygia in Asia and there was an old saying at the court that some day they would have a ruler who arrived at the palace in a farm wagon. No one had thought very much about this prophecy but, to the surprise of all, a peasant and his wife drove into the public square one day in an ox cart, bringing their son, Midas, on the seat between them. The peasant's name was Gordius, and he dismounted, tying his wagon in such a hard knot that it looked as if he intended... Short Stories - Post by : duchesseva - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 3349

How Hyacinthus Became A Flower How Hyacinthus Became A Flower

How Hyacinthus Became A Flower
Kings and athletes, country folk and the musicians, sages and merchants from the towns were all on their way toward the green hill of Parnassus, one of the long-ago days of the myths the city of Delphi stood. The kings rode in their gaily adorned chariots which were drawn by the fleetest steeds from the royal stables. The youths were dressed for running, or they carried flat, circular discs of stone for throwing at a mark, javelins and bows and quivers of arrows. The road that led to the white temple of Apollo at Delphi was choked with people on... Short Stories - Post by : marke60 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 2024

How Jupiter Granted A Wish How Jupiter Granted A Wish

How Jupiter Granted A Wish
Each of the villagers in a town of Phrygia heard a knock at the door of his cottage one summer day in the long-ago time of the myths. Each, on opening it, saw two strangers, weary travellers, who sought food and a shelter for the night. It was a part of the temple teachings that a man should succor a stranger, no matter how humble, but these Phrygians were a pleasure-loving, careless people, neglectful of hospitality and of their temple, even, which had fallen into decay. So it happened that the same retort met the strangers at whatever door they stopped.... Short Stories - Post by : merelyhuman - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 2396

When Apollo Was Herdsman When Apollo Was Herdsman

When Apollo Was Herdsman
Apollo had incurred the anger of his father, Jupiter, and for the very good reason that this god of light had interfered with Jupiter's will. It was Jupiter's privilege to throw thunderbolts about whenever he wished and to strike down anyone he chose. He kept the Cyclopes busy night and day forging his bolts down under the mountains so that he might have a never-failing supply. One day a thunderbolt directed by Jove hit Aesculapius, a man of the Greeks who could heal almost any sickness among mortals by means of his herbs. Apollo looked upon this physician as an adopted... Short Stories - Post by : samoth - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 2493

When Phaeton's Chariot Ran Away When Phaeton's Chariot Ran Away

When Phaeton's Chariot Ran Away
"You are only boasting, Phaeton. I don't believe for a moment that your father is Apollo, the god of light," Cycnus, one of his schoolmates, said to the lad who had just made this proud statement. "It is true," Phaeton replied. "You won't believe me because I am alone here in Greece, cared for by one of the nymphs and learning the lessons that all Greek boys do. I shall show you, though. I will take my way to the home of the gods and present myself to my father." That was indeed a bold plan on the part of this... Short Stories - Post by : robitn4 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 1044

The Wonder The Frogs Missed The Wonder The Frogs Missed

The Wonder The Frogs Missed
Latona had very wonderful twin babies and the queen of the gods, Juno, was jealous of her on account of these little ones. Perhaps Juno had the power to look ahead through the years to the time when Latona's children should be grown up and take their places with the family of the gods on Mount Olympus. Who were these twins? Oh, that is the end of the story. So Juno, who could work almost any good or evil which she desired, decreed that this mother should never have any fixed home in which to bring up her babies. If Latona... Short Stories - Post by : Carrie - Date : November 2011 - Author : Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - Read : 3438