E. M. Berens orginally wrote “Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome” to provide an interestingwork on Greek and Roman mythology, suitable for advanced schools. He (or she, I haven't been able to findout) wanted to give the student a clear and succinct idea of the religious beliefs of the ancients, and to render the subject at once interesting and instructive. He hoped to awaken in the minds of young students a desire to become more intimately acquainted with the noble productions of classical antiquity. Quoting from theauthor's original preface:
“It is hardly necessary to dwell upon the importance of the study of Mythology: our poems, our novels,and even our daily journals teem with classical allusions; nor can a visit to our art galleries and museums be fully enjoyed without something more than a mere superficial knowledge of a subject which has in all ages inspired painters, sculptors, and poets. It therefore only remains for me to expressa hope that my little work may prove useful, not only to teachers and scholars, but also to a large classof general readers, who, in whiling away a leisure hour, may derive some pleasure and profit from its perusal.”
I decided to create this encyclopedia because I like the ease of use of a single browsable document inalphabetical order, and did not find a free encyclopedia that I liked. Wikipedia is a fantastic resource, but it isnot an easy read. I liked the consistant, easy style of the E. M. Berens book, and because it was availablefrom Project Gutenberg for free and without restrictions, I could take it and turn it into this reference work atonly the cost of my time.A very brief note on the conventions for the entry headings: the name of the entry is usually followed by the pronounciation in parentheses. In the case of figures who have equivalents in Greek and Roman mythology,the equivalent figure's name then follows in brackets. Thanks to Project Gutenberg and the Distributed Proofreading team for taking the original public domainwork, turning it into an eBook and making it freely available. I am making this derived work available under the same terms. The full text of the Project Gutenberg License can be found in the Appendix.
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I hope you enjoy this book.Regards,James Hampton Belton