Image from page 476 of "The call of the stars; a popular introduction to a knowledge of the starry skies with their romance and legend" (1919)
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e world with his brothers, reserving thekingdom of heaven for himself, and giving the empireof the sea to Neptune, and that of the infernal regionsto Pluto. He was generally represented as a majesticpersonage with long, curling hair and beard, clad inflowing drapery, and seated upon a magnificent throneof gold or ivory, with thunderbolts in one hand readyto be hurled, and a sceptre of cypress in the other, whileclose beside him stood an eagle with expanded wings,the emblem of strength and power. He whose all-conscious eyes the world behold,The eternal Thunderer sat, enthroned in gold,High heaven the footstool of his feet he makes,And wide beneath him all Olympus shakes. Homer (Popes tr.). The worship of Jove was well-nigh universal, andsurpassed in solemnity that of all other deities. Accord-ing to the belief of the Romans, he determined thecourse of all human affairs, and by his own choiceassigned good or evil to mortals. The Fates andDestiny alone dared oppose his sovereign will. He
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Lowell Observatory Plate XXXVII. The Planet Saturn and Its Rings (Showing wisps) Jupiter and Saturn 389 revealed the future to man through signs in the heavens,and the flight of birds. He had many oracles of whichthe most renowned were those of Dodona in Epirusand Ammon in the Libyan Desert. A magnificenttemple at Olympia, in the Peloponnesus, was dedicatedto him, where every fifth year the people of Greecewere wont to assemble to celebrate games—the Olym-pian Games—in honour of his great victory over theTitans. He had also a splendid fane in the isle of.^gina. In Homeric poems Jupiter is described as thethunderer, the gatherer of clouds, and the originatorof all atmospheric changes. SATURN The second largest planet in the solar system, and atthe same time the most interesting, is the wonderfuland beautiful ringed world, Saturn (Plate XXXVH.).It is the sixth planet in order from the Sun, and themost remote world known to the ancients. It shineswith a steady, dull, red-yellow light
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