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Image from page 35 of "The Open court" (1887)

Identifier: opencourt22_6211caru

Title: The Open court

Year: 1887 (1880s)

Authors: Carus, Paul, 1852-1919 Open Court Publishing company, Chicago

Subjects: Religion Religion and science

Publisher: Chicago : The Open Court Pub. Co.

Contributing Library: Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Digitizing Sponsor: CARLI: Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois

  

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o dam the si)ring, partly in order to procure thewater, and partly tr) protect the fertile shore in its vicinity against 94 THE OPEN COURT. sudden inundatiuns. If this was indeed the origin of tlie nivth itwould explain why Amynione, the n\niph of a fresh water springis always represented as a lovely maiden in the flower of her youth. Perhaps the fa\iiriir representation of a marriage feast be-tween a goddess and a mortal is the stor\- of Thetis, a daughterof Nereus, who like Poseidon was a god of the sea. The ancientmyth became so extremely popular because Homer inserted it intothe national epic of Greece, and derived from it the cause of the(ireek expedition against Troy. Thetis w^as the loveliest of the Xereids. and Zeus himself wasin love with her. but he was prevented from marrying her becausean oracle had foretold that her son would be greater than hisfather. Accordingly Zeus was frightened l^ecause he feared that ashe had deposed his father Kronos. so the son of Thetis would in

 

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PELEUS WRESTLES WITH THETIS.-• turn deprive him of the government of the world, and he decidedthat Thetis should not marry any god, but be united with a mortal,and for this honor he selected Peleus of Aegina, king of Thessalywho was himself the son of Aiacus and the nymph Endeis, thedaughter of Chiron. The version of Homer appears to be of a comparatively recentdate, for we have instances according to which Peleus has to gainhis divine wife by conquest. Thetis resents being married to a * Jhetis as a goddess of the sea possesses tlie power in common witliProteus of changing her shape. Flames come out from her shoulders and twolions (in the illustration exceedingly small) try to bite Peleus, and Chironcomes to his rescue. While other centaurs are represented as savage he wassupposed to be endowed witli wisdom, and this attribute is indicated in pic-tures by representing him with human feet. The branch of a tree and twolittle satyrs have reference to his forest life. The defeat of The

  

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