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(ll. 1-25) From the Heliconian Muses let us begin to sing, who hold the great and holy mount of Helicon, and dance on soft feet about the deep-blue spring and the altar of the almighty son of Cronos, and, when they have washed their tender bodies in Permessus or in the Horse's Spring or Olmeius, ...Back to top
Reviewed by tobyrumpus on Dec 4, 2008
How to know your gods.
Poetic tension is in short supply, there is no story-line as such to be tense, but there are lyric moments. Phrases like a well-turned ancle or flashing eyes speak volumes in this litany of who begat who on Moutnt Olymus. If you need to know the ancestry of the gods according to the Ancient Greeks - and this is by no-means the last, or even first, word on the subject, then this is for you. Short, to the point, but with some wonderful evocative prose.
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