How to use Mythical in a sentence

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  • The town is delightful; much nicer than a mythical Idaho location they'd like me to believe.

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  • The entrance to it was in the extreme west, on the borders of Ocean, in the mythical land of the Cimmerians.

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  • There are several categories of mythical gods.

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  • But when the story passes to Ireland Muirchu's narrative becomes full of the mythical element.

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  • The first, that of the Attiads, is mythical.

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  • His system enables him to give a profound significance to the doctrines of the Church; but, instead of the system being accommodated to the doctrines, the doctrines - and especially the historical facts - acquire a new sense in the system, and often become only a mythical representation of speculative truth.

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  • He was also called upon to do battle for his principle against men like Caspar Schwenkfeld (1490-1561) and Sebastian Franck (1500-1545), the latter of whom developed a system of pantheistic mysticism, and went so far in his opposition to the letter as to declare the whole of the historical element in Scripture to be but a mythical representation of eternal truth.

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  • Nevertheless, the Assyriologist speaks with a good deal of confidence of dates as remote as 3800 B.C.,the time ascribed to King Sargon, who was once regarded as a mythical person, but is now known to have been an actual monarch.

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  • The unity of early Christianity and the stress on apostolic authority counts heavily against the entirely mythical Jesus.

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  • By which I do not mean mythical as exaggerations or perversions of truth, but belonging to the Egyptian Mythos.

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  • Mythical animals like dragons and unicorns are also sought after.

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  • It does not follow that faith in the Bible record is shaken, although in some quarters there has been a pronounced tendency to regard the history of the Egyptian sojourn as mythical; yet it cannot be denied that Egyptian records, corroborating at least some phases of the Bible story, would have been a most welcome addition to our knowledge.

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  • The story that he received the surname of "Fowler" because the nobles, sent to inform him of his election to the throne, found him engaged in laying snares for the birds, appears to be mythical.

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  • Moreover, Gunkel no longer lays emphasis on the Babylonian, but merely on the mythical origin of the details.

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  • We find Prester John in one more phase before he vanishes from Asiatic history, real or mythical.

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  • Like Achilles he is represented as the perfect embodiment of the ideals of the race, and, as in the case of the Greek hero, it is customary to regard his personality and exploits as mythical.

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  • Sigurd himself is not mentioned by any contemporary writer; but, apart from the dragon incident, there is nothing in the story which affords sufficient justification for regarding his personality as mythical.

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  • But the Greenland colony was obscure, the country was believed to form part of Europe, and the records of the farther explorations were contained in sagas which were only rediscovered by modern scholarship. Throughout the middle ages, legendary tales of mythical lands lying in the western ocean - the Isle of St Brandan, of Brazil and Antilia - had been handed down.

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  • The thoroughly national character of Heracles is shown by his being the mythical ancestor of the Dorian dynastic tribe, while revered by Ionian Athens, Lelegian Opus and Aeolo-Phoenician Thebes, and closely associated with the Achaean heroes Peleus and Telamon.

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  • In late post-exilic times, however, foreign tales, even if of mythical origin, naturally came into favour, especially as religious symbols.

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  • Here the Lechici, as they called themselves (a name derived from the mythical patriarch, Lech), seemed to have lived for centuries, in loosely connected communities, the simple lives of huntsmen, herdsmen and tillers of the soil, till the pressure of rapacious neighbours compelled them to combine for mutual defence.

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  • It is the mythical site of an octagonal house said to have been erected early in the 16th century by one John Groot, a Dutchman who had migrated to the north of Scotland by permission of James IV.

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  • There were crude medieval notions that fossils were " freaks " or " sports " of nature (lusus naturae), or that they represented failures of a creative force within the earth (a notion of Greek and Arabic origin), or that larger and smaller fossils represented the remains of races of giants or of pygmies (the mythical idea).

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  • The " Helena " of the Simonian system was certainly not an historical but a mythical figure.

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  • To this class also fundamentally belong the Simoniani, who have included the probably historical figure of Simon Magus in a system which seems to be closely connected with those we have mentioned, especially if we look upon the " Helena " of this system as a mythical figure.

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  • Moreover, this Central American document, mythical as it is, has an historical importance from its bringing in names belonging also to the traditions of Mexico proper.

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  • The cult of the serpent is found in many parts of the Old World; it is also not unknown in America; in Australia, on the other hand, though many species of serpent are found, there does not appear to be any species of cult unless we include the Warramunga cult of the mythical Wollunqua totem animal, whom they seek to placate by rites.

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  • Tradition assigns the foundation of Cracow to the mythical Krak, a Polish prince who is said to have built a stronghold here about A.D.

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  • A tribe was called after his name, and Erichthonius, the mythical father of the Attic people, was the son of Hephaestus.

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  • In the north, indeed, the name Grimhildr continued to have a purely mythical character and to be applied only to daemonic beings; but in Germany, the original home of the Nibelungen myth, it certainly lost all trace of this significance, and in the Nibelungenlied Kriemhild is no more than a beautiful princess, the daughter of King Dancrat and Queen Uote, and sister of the Burgundian kings Gunther, Giselher and Gernot, the masters of the Nibelungen hoard.

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  • Theodor Abeling, who is disposed to reject or minimize the mythical origins, further suggests a confusion of the story of Attila's wife Ildico with that of the murder of Sigimund the Burgundian by the sons of Chrothildis, wife of Clovis.

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  • In the mythical days Boeotia played a prominent part.

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  • The gold-digging is referred to in somewhat mythical terms by Herodotus.

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  • The suggested origin of the name Antwerp from Hand-werpen (hand-throwing), because a mythical robber chief indulged in the practice of cutting off his prisoners' hands and throwing them into the Scheldt, appeared to Motley rather farfetched, but it is less reasonable to trace it, as he inclines to do, from an t werf (on the wharf), seeing that the form Andhunerbo existed in the 6th century on the separation of Austrasia and Neustria.

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  • It consisted simply in reducing cryolite with metallic sodium exactly as in Deville's chloride method, and it was claimed to possess various mythical advantages over its rival.

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  • Whether he really was a historical personage, or merely the mythical ancestor of the family, cannot be decided.

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  • The first four deal with the mythical history of Genoa from the time of its founder, Janus, the first king of Italy, and its enlarger, a second Janus "citizen of Troy", till its conversion to Christianity "about twenty-five years after the passion of Christ."

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  • References to events of mythical and later times are introduced, and the poem ends with a reference to Alexander the Great, who was to unite Asia and Europe in his world-wide empire.

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  • In the meantime knowledge on the subject is mingled with much that is obviously mythical and with gleanings from the casual references of travellers and authors.

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  • Like the Curetes and Telchines they are mythical types of prehistoric workmen and architects, and as such the objects of worship.

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  • Do they say that the histories are mythical ?

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  • But the work which gained him his reputation as the Homer of Rome, and which called forth the admiration of Cicero and Lucretius and frequent imitation from Virgil, was the Annales, a long narrative poem in eighteen books, containing the record of the national story from mythical times to his own.

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  • A hundred tales, for the most part probably mythical, are told of his powers and cunning during the years he spent among the mountains as a brigand leader.

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  • The tale of Wayland falls naturally into two parts, the former of which contains obviously mythical features.

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  • Mythical history relates how Seithennin's drunkenness inundated the land now covered by the bay, and how King Arthur's ship was wrecked upon Meisdiroedd Enlli near Bardsey.

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  • Old legends represent him as having exterminated the Picts to the last man; and the Picts become, hi popular tradition, a mythical folk, hardly human, to whom great feats, including the building of Glasgow cathedral, are attributed, as the walls of Tiryns and Mycenae in Greece were traditionally assigned to the energy of the Cyclopes.

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  • By " Presbyterianism " we are here to understand, not the Presbyterian form of church government - the kirk whose motto is Nec tamen consumebatur - but the pretensions of preachers to dominate the state by the mythical " power of the keys," by excommunication with civil penalties and by the fiercest religious intolerance.

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  • The mythical saga of Ragnar Lodbrog is undoubtedly concerned with the Viking Age, though it is impossible now to identify most of the expeditions attributed to this northern hero, stories of conquest in Sweden, in Finland, in Russia and in England, which belong to quite a different age from this one.

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  • This new land is shown on the extreme right of the map, disconnected from the mythical Terra Australis incognita.

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  • Well Rahab apparently was the name of an ancient mythical sea monster.

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  • A single mythical idea can be expressed in many different ways, and can be interwoven with other mythic motifs.

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  • He recognizes that these chapters of the bible are purely mythical.

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  • Yet this alone does not seem able to account for the almost mythical way he has been regarded.

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  • The minimalist position is that the stories in the bible are largely mythical in nature.

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  • Believe me, we are not mythical at all.

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  • This system is directly analogous to the creation of fictitious genealogies whereby individuals trace their origins back to a prestigious and perhaps mythical past.

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  • Another fish that was to become quite mythical was a mirror called the Pig that my mate Phil King caught at 28lb around 1986.

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  • In short, David remains mythical, Tel Dan stone or not.

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  • By which I do not mean mythical as exaggerations or perversions of truth, but belonging to the Egyptian mythos.

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  • See Peter Mandelson who just like the mythical phoenix keeps rising back.

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  • Artaud fully rejected realism in the theater, cherishing a vision of a stage of magical beauty and mythical power.

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  • Tracking down the truth about the " Roswell incident " is like hunting the mythical snark in the Carroll poem.

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  • Everything is set on an absurd, mythical level that at times becomes wonderfully surreal.

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  • Man weaves a mythical tapestry of nature's moods.

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  • The Aztecs began as a wandering tribe whose historical origins are unknown, although they themselves recorded their mythical place of origin as Aztlan.

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  • He becomes the same shape-shifting trickster as that mythical dog.

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  • All the tools you need in the search for the mythical unicorn are combined in this vibrant tarot deck and book set.

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  • The religion of primitive peoples is no less mythical than their history, since they could only conceive of it by means of myths.

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  • Frazer's latest view is that he is the old cult associate of Diana of Aricia (to whom he is related as Attis to Cybele or Adonis to Venus), the mythical predecessor or archetype of the kings of the grove.

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  • Founders of cities, and even of colonies, received worship; the former are, generally speaking, mythical personages and, in strictness, heroes.

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  • That the East to-day has so much to tell about Alexander is only due to the fact that old mythical stories of gods or heroes who go travelling through lands of monsters and darkness, of magical fountains and unearthly oceans, became attached to his name in the popular literature of the Roman empire, and this mythical Alexander was reintroduced in the 7th century A.D.

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  • According to the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Persephone, while gathering flowers on the Nysian plain (probably here a purely mythical locality), was carried off by Hades (Pluto), the god of the lower world, with the connivance of Zeus (see also Proserpine).

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  • Wagner's first inspiration was for an opera (Siegfried's Tod, projected in 1848) on the death of Germany's mythical hero; but he found that the story needed a preliminary drama to convey its antecedents.

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  • Though we may recognize in this poetical imagery the survival of ancient and, if we please, mythical notions, we should err if we inferred that Yahweh was originally a departmental god, presiding specifically over meteorological phenomena, and that this conception of him persisted among the Israelites till very late times.

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  • In the ao-Bizen (blu Bizen), as well as in the red variety, figures of mythical beings ant animals, birds, fishes and other natural objects, were modelled witl a degree of plastic ability that can scarcely be spoken of in too higi terms. Representative specimens are truly admirableevery line, every contour faithful.

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  • Thanks to the enthusiasm of Schliemann and his successors, we can now substitute for the mythical "Age of Heroes" a historical "Mycenaean Age" of Greece, and give tangible proof of its relatively high state of civilization.

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  • Possibly this handsome antelope may be the original of the mythical unicorn, a single buck when seen in profile looking exactly as if it had but one long straight horn.

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  • The early history of Armenia, more or less mythical, is partly based on traditions of the Biainian kings (see Ararat), and is interwoven with the Bible narrative, of which a knowledge was possibly obtained from captive Jews settled in the country by Assyrian and Babylonian monarchs.

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  • The hand of history made good the mythical claims of a self-styled Order by the patronage of an exiled monarch.

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  • Tracking down the truth about the " Roswell incident " is like hunting the mythical Snark in the Carroll poem.

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  • Man weaves a mythical tapestry of nature 's moods.

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  • The fearsome chimera is my favorite mythical creature.

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  • The chimera is a mysterious mythical creature, only a fable.

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  • The fur on the tail is long and may appear bushy; this gives rise to the mythical association with raccoons.

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  • Although a classic green-painted witch will always be a perennial favorite, you can go classy, mythical or sexy if you'd like.

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  • In addition to witches, fairies are another popular and mythical choice for Halloween.

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  • Prince of War - This easy medieval times game pits you against the mythical orcs.

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  • On the other hand, you may not want the usual type of pet because dogs and cats can get boring and bats and llamas simply do not agree with you, so mythical pets seem more fun.

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  • What better mythical pet than one of many free dragon cyber pets that you can get online?

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  • This is actually a mythical or fantasy pet, with over 35 different options.

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  • Fullmetal Alchemist - Skilled alchemist Edward Elric sets out after the mythical Philosopher's Stone and finds himself in the midst of political intrigue and complex moral dilemmas.

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  • Styles range from farm animals and pets to reptiles, jungle animals, insects, and even mythical creatures.

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  • Enduring mythical lyricism peppered with political commentary and an aggressive yet melodic rock beat work together to make BOC tablature a hot commodity for guitar players.

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  • Novelty lenses are customizable and can be used in fantasy or science fiction to give an alien or mythical creature an extra edge of believability.

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  • Filled with magic, dungeons, mythical creatures and dangerous enemies, this game will keep you on your toes.

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  • From the beginning, the action is continuous as you battle numerous mythical monsters including Cyclops, Gorgons, Harpies and Wraiths.

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  • You can upgrade your weapons and earn more through orbs that you acquire defeating the horde of skeletal warriors and other such mythical foes.

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  • Locate the Mythical Skull in the Sacred Icon level.

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  • Fishing Master is a family fishing game with cartoonish graphics and mythical fish you can attempt to catch.

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  • Take on the role of Kratos and battle your way to mythical warrior status.

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  • From mythical dragon drawings to yin yang dragons, the Internet offers many exquisite pictures of Chinese dragons to print and frame.

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  • Pi Xiu or Pi Yao - The Pi Xiu or Pi Yao is an ancient Chinese mythical creature that has the body of a lion and the head of a dragon.

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  • Dragon - These mythical creatures symbolize power.

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  • This mythical creature is also known as the Chinese unicorn.

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  • The mythical creature, Chi Lin has the body of a horse and the head of a dragon.

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  • The mythical deer is a symbol of longevity and endurance.

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  • The mythical Chinese unicorn, Chi Lin, protects love.

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  • Try to construct a Zeus family tree and you will end up with hundreds of children that are attributed to this mythical god, who was worshiped by the ancient Greeks.

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  • Hercules was worshiped by Greeks and Romans for his great mythical strength.

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  • Interestingly, the Greek / Roman mythological accounts often ascribe human / mortal offspring to the mythical gods.

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  • After reviewing the family tree of all the mythical gods of the ancient Greeks and Romans, you may find creating a wholesome, human family tree that is based in reality to be much more to your liking.

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  • The vibrant images embrace the fantasy of wildlife, mythical creatures and brow-raising symbols such as snakes, skulls and mermaids to name but a few.

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  • Named after the mythical Norse god of warriors and deity among all athletes, the TYR (pronounced "tire") brand truly embodies the competitive spirit of sports, and stands as a symbol of courage and victory for athletes the world over.

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  • Lead by the Battlestar Galactica, the ships holding the remaining survivors head out in search of the mythical Earth, hoping to find a new planet to call home.

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  • Kids have been fascinated by dragons since the first drawing of the mythical beast appeared on the walls of prehistoric caves.

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  • Imaginext toys promote imagination by creating toys that inspire children’s minds to meander through mythical times and scenarios.

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  • Throughout history, dragonflies have been surrounded with mystical, mythical and spiritual symbolism.

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  • This gallery shows just how different one mermaid costume can be from the next, yet any one of these designs is a good representation of this mythical creature.

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  • Girls of all ages can transform into mythical beauties of the sea by donning a mermaid tail costume.

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  • Pixies live in the enchanted forest along with other mythical creatures.

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  • Dark blues and teals also pair well and create a mythical and watery mood.

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  • Even if they are fantastical or mythical, they need to have motivations that readers can relate to.

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  • Like the mythical Jason facing down the monster Hydra, Aries can work harder and smarter than anyone when the situation calls for it.

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  • The game uses real and mythical animals to reinforce memory, sequencing and strategy skills.

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  • They extend far beyond ghosts and mythical creatures.

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  • Another paranormal realm is that of mythical creatures.

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  • While not entirely supernatural in nature, some investigators believe the structures are evidence of the buried mythical city of Atlantis.

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  • The dragon a mythical creature best known for its reptilian appearance and its curious habits of abducting damsels, hoarding treasure and breathing fire on hapless knights is one of the most popular designs in tattoos.

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  • This mythical black bird was alleged to have risen out of it's own ashes to begin life anew.

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  • The mythical realm of fantasy has always been a great place to find ideas for tats, and Gothic fairy tattoos are no exception to this rule.

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  • One of the most recognizable mythical creatures is the Phoenix.

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  • Mermaids were mythical creatures of the ocean and many sailor's fantasies.

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  • Fairies have roots in almost all cultures as creatures who decide each person's destiny early in life, or they are simply as mythical creatures alongside sprites, nymphs, gnomes and pixies.

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  • There are pyramids, hieroglyphics, gods and goddesses, mythical creatures, the eye of Horus and more.

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  • If you want your tattoo to combine the aforementioned mystery with a deep connection with history and a love of mythical lore, look to Egyptian designs.

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  • Fairies are mythical creatures known for having magical powers, butterfly wings and a generally human appearance.

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  • If the idea of getting a mythical creature tattooed on your body is appealing, but you want something more unique or playful in nature, consider a pixie, rather than fairy, tattoo.

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  • If you truly want to embrace the mythical world of pixies and fairies, do some research and discover more about their enchanting world.

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  • Professional geisha had custom designed kimonos featuring mythical creatures or vivid scenes from nature.

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  • I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys magic, dragons, medieval wars, and mythical creatures.

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  • Whatever you call them a fairy is a mythical being and creature of legend.

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  • The mythical 13th tribe journeyed from Kobol to settle in another part of the galaxy entirely, although no direct recollections explain why.

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  • In an obscure scroll called the Book of Pythia, President Roslin learns of the mythical 13th tribe that journeyed to Earth.

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  • He presented the knights as living in the mythical "Faerieland".

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  • There is almost always an element of darkness to a piece though, and a mythical element that elevates the material.

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  • With nowhere to go, the humans turn their hopes to the mythical planet called Earth, but their journey is fraught with peril, which of course is what makes the series interesting.

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  • Not only that, but it's equally relevant to understand that fairies are not the only mythical creatures who live within the fae realm also known as Fairyland.

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  • However, the concept of small, mythical creatures called "elves" originated from Norse and Germanic mythology and legend.

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  • This legend comes from the stories of the mythical hero Hercules, and Lion of Nemea was the first trial that Hercules completed successfully.

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  • The early 90s saw five more series films featuring this now mythical beast, but given that the height of the original Godzilla was 167 feet, many fans often ask, how tall is Godzilla today?

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  • If clear skin seems practically mythical to you right now, consider adding this to your regimen.

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  • It turns out that fee web hosting with no advertising is not so mythical after all, so there's no reason not to launch your own home on the web right away.

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  • It has been suggested (Symons, Heldensage, p. 55) that when the legend of the overthrow of the Burgundians, which took place in 437, became attached to that of the death of Attila (453), Hild, the supposed sister of the Burgundian kings, was identified with the daemonic Grimhild, the sister of the mythical Nibelung brothers, and thus helped the process by which the Nibelung myth became fused with the historical story of the fall of the Burgundian kingdom.

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  • Mythical features abound in the cherubim and seraphim, the pillars of Jachin and Boaz, the mysterious Nehushtan, the bronze-sea and the lavers.

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  • These agree with the more or less clear allusions in the Old Testament to myths of creation, Eden, deluge, mountain of gods, Titanic folk, world-dragons, heavenly hosts, &c., and also with the unearthed seals, tablets, altars, &c. representing mythical ideas.

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  • The traditional antipathy of the rhinoceros to the elephant seems to be mythical.

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  • Vikramaditya, whose court and administration are described by the Chinese pilgrim Fa-hien, and who is supposed to have been the original of the mythical king Vikramaditya, who figures largely in Indian legends.

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  • They withdrew to Thessaly, where Aegimius, the mythical ancestor of the Dorians, whom Heracles had assisted in war against the Lapithae, adopted Hyllus and made over to him a third part of his territory.

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  • The Dorians followed the custom of other Greek tribes in claiming as ancestor for their ruling families one of the legendary heroes, but the traditions must not on that account be regarded as entirely mythical.

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  • Albino specimens of this monkey are not uncommon, but the pure white monkeys, not albinos, said to inhabit Mindanao, are mythical.

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  • Azhi Dahaka (Zohak), the mythical king of the Iranian epics, who has nothing whatever to do with the historical king of the Medes.

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  • That they have been attributed to Beowulf in particular might seem to be adequately accounted for by the general tendency to connect mythical achievements with the name of any famous hero.

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  • Sesostris is evidently a mythical figure calculated to satisfy the pride of the Egyptians in their ancient achievements, after they had come into contact with the great conquerors of Assyria and Persia.

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  • The contention for Homer, in short, began at a time when his real history was lost, and he had become a sort of mythical figure, an " eponymous hero," or personification of a great school of poetry.

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  • On the one hand, it seemed to follow from the existence of such a family that Homer was a mere " eponymus," or mythical ancestor; on the other hand, it became easy to imagine the Homeric poems handed down orally in a family whose hereditary occupation it was to recite them, possibly to add new episodes from time to time, or to combine their materials in new ways, as their poetical gifts permitted.

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  • Certain persons and events in the story have a distinctly mythical stamp. Helen is a figure of this kind.

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  • But the Saracen army is purely mythical, the true enemy having been the Gascons.

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  • In the first place, the statement that Lycurgus obtained the poems from descendants of Creophylus must be admitted to be purely mythical.

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  • In this respect, the veneration shown to serpents and monkeys has, however, to be viewed in a somewhat different light, as having a mythical background; whilst quite a special significance attaches to the sacred character assigned to the cow by all classes of Hindus, even those who are not prepared to admit the claim of the Brahman to the exalted position of the earthly god usually conceded to him.

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  • Vishnu, whilst less popular with Brahmans than his rival, has from early times proved to the lay mind a more attractive object of adoration on account of the genial and, so to speak, romantic character of his mythical personality.

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  • To Europeans who visited it in the 16th century it was included in "Norumbega," and some of the early explorers searched here for the mythical city of that name.

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  • During the next four years the submission of all the pueblos was secured, and the permanency of 1 Although the Quivira story was fabricated by an Indian captive and its fraudulent character was fully exposed by Coronado in 1541, ignorant American treasure-seekers still search for this mythical region.

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  • In the dim records of mythical times may be traced the obscure outlines of primitive society and of its fall.

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  • In its present state it begins with the mythical history of Egypt and ends with the expedition to Africa under Marcianus, the nephew of Justinian.

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  • We have no means of checking the genealogy from other sources, and the majority of the characters are probably to be regarded as mythical.

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  • The old gods and mythical figures reappear as heroes and kings, and their battles are fought no longer in heaven but upon earth, where they are localized for the most part in the east of Iran.

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  • Regarded in a sober English spirit, the reign of the great Abbas is rendered mythical by crime.

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  • They are so nearly mythical that it is impossible to insist on the usual identification with the ancestors of the Huns.

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  • Investigations in this subject have rendered it very probable that the island of Nerthus was Sjaelland (Zealand), and it is further to be observed that the kings of Wessex traced their ancestry ultimately to a certain Scyld, who is clearly to be identified with Sk16ldr, the mythical founder of the Danish royal family (Skidldungar).

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  • Naturalistic explanations of some of these are proposed, and a mythical theory is distinctly foreshadowed when Blount dwells on the inevitable tendency of men, especially long after the event, to discover miracles attendant on the birth and death of their heroes.

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  • The former was afterwards identified with the mythical first Buddhist missionary, who is supposed to have introduced civilization into Tibet about two hundred and fifty years after the death of the Buddha.

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  • The mythical theory that the Christ of the Gospels, excepting the most meagre outline of personal history, was the unintentional creation of the early Christian Messianic expectation he applied with merciless rigour to the narratives.

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  • Chronicles of the Greek cities were commonly ascribed to mythical authors, as for instance that of Miletus, the oldest, to Cadmus the inventor of letters.

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  • Thyrsis sings to a goatherd how Daphnis, the mythical herdsman, having defied the power of Aphrodite, dies rather than yield to a passion with which the goddess had inspired him.

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  • Unsuccessful attempts have been made to identify this mythical Darius with the Cyaxares, son of Astyages, of Xenophon's Cyropaedia, and also with the Darius of Eusebius, who was in all probability Darius Hystaspis.

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  • Oenopion, a mythical hero, son of Dionysus or of Rhadamanthus, was an early king of Chios.

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  • Matthew Paris speaks of its foundation by the mythical king Rudhudibras, while Asser ascribes it to Alfred, who made his daughter Ethelgeofu the first abbess.

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  • In the name Diomedea, assigned to them by Linnaeus, there is a reference to the mythical metamorphosis of the companions of the Greek warrior Diomedes into birds.

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  • But with the establishment of prairie commerce to Santa Fe (New Mexico), the waves of emigration to the Mormon land and to California, the growth of traffic to Salt Lake, and the explorations for a transcontinental railway, Kansas became well known, and was taken out of that mythical " Great American Desert," in which, thanks especially to Pike and to Washington Irving, it had been supposed to lie.

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  • The mythical pope Joan is usually placed between Benedict and his predecessor, Leo IV.

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  • They are seven in number - Lipari (Lipara, pop. in 1901, 15,290), Stromboli (Strongyle), Salina (Didyme, pop. in 1901, 4934), Filicuri (Phoenicusa), Alicuri (Ericusa), Vulcano (Hiera, Therasia or Thermissa), the mythical abode of Hephaestus, and Panaria (Euonymus).

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  • While some regard them as a purely mythical people, others assume an historical foundation for them.

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  • It has been suggested that the fact of the conquest of the Amazons being assigned to the two famous heroes of Greek mythology, Heracles and Theseus - who in the tasks assigned to them were generally opposed to monsters and beings impossible in themselves, but possible as illustrations of permanent danger and damage, - shows that they were mythical illustrations of the dangers which beset the Greeks on the coasts of Asia Minor; rather perhaps, it may be intended to represent the conflict between the Greek culture of the colonies on the Euxine and the barbarism of the native inhabitants.

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  • Posidonius had identified this period with the mythical " golden age "; and such ideas easily coalesced with the narrative in Genesis.

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  • To the north also belong the sagas of Gretti the Strong (Ioio-1031), the life and death of the most famous of Icelandic outlaws, the real story of whose career is mixed up with the mythical adventures of Beowulf, here put down to Gretti, and with late romantic episodes and fabulous folk-tales (Dr Vigfusson would ascribe the best parts of this saga to Sturla; its last editor, whose additions would be better away, must have touched it up about 1300), and the stories of the Ljosvetningasaga (1009-1060).

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  • The earlier part of it has perished save a fragment Sogu-brot, and citations and paraphrases in Saxo, and the mythical Ragnar Lodbrok's and Gongu-Hrolf's Sagas; the latter part, Lives of Harold Bluetooth and the Kings down to Sveyn II., is still in existence and known as Skioldunga.

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  • When we go farther back into Persian antiquity we find an immortal bird, amru, or (in the Minoi-khiradh) sinamru, which shakes the ripe fruit from the mythical tree that bears the seed of all useful things.

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  • Such myths were often based on grotesque philological analogies, according to which an existing connexion between two personalities (cities, &c.) was traced back to a common mythical origin.

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  • In the line of mythical ancestors which extends without interruption up to Noah, the names of Fenius Farsaid, Goedel Glas, Eber Scot and Breogan constantly recur in Irish story.

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  • It seems more probable that a special invasion was assigned to them by later writers in order to explain the presence of mythical personages going by their name in the heroic cycles, as they were found inconvenient by the monkish historians.

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  • He had already, in August 1549, at some risk, gone down with Lord Russell to turn the hearts of the rebels by preaching and persuasion, and two years later he was appointed bishop of Exeter by letters patent, on the compulsory retirement of his predecessor, Veysey, who had reached an almost mythical age.

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  • Still more difficult is it to make this distinction when we read of the mythical Dactyls of Ida in Crete or the Telchines or Cyclopes being acquainted with the smelting of It is not, however, likely that later Greek writers, who knew bronze in its true sense, and called it XaXK6, would have employed this word without qualification for objects which they had seen unless they had meant it to be taken as bronze.

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  • But, on the whole, the religious sentiment strives to transcend the mythical conceptions of the gods, and is shocked and puzzled by the mythical narratives.

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  • If we examine myths of human descent from animals, we find gods busy there, and if we try to investigate the myths of the origin of the gods, the subject gets mixed up with the mythical origins of things in general.

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  • It is admitted that Greeks, Romans, Aryans of India in the age of the Sanskrit commentators, Egyptians of the Ptolemaic and earlier ages, were as much puzzled as we are by the mythical adventures of their gods.

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  • But that the origins of such mythical beings were, ab initio, either solar or vegetable, or, for that matter, animal, it would often be hard to prove.

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  • So confused and inconsistent are the mythical answers that it is very difficult to classify them according to any system.

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  • But the Bushmen's mythical theory of the origin of things must, as far as possible, be kept apart from the fables of the Mantis, the Ichneumon and other divine beings.

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  • Passing down the American continent from the north-west, we find Yehl the chief hero-god and mythical personage among the Tlingits.

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  • The whole subject is beset with critical difficulties, and we have chiefly noted features which can hardly be regarded as late, and which correspond with widely distributed mythical ideas.

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  • Solar and lunar myths usually account for the observed phenomena of eclipse, waning and waxing, sunset, spots on the moon, and so forth by various mythical adventures of the animated heavenly beings.

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  • The place where the acropolis was entered was believed to have been overlooked by the mythical Meles when he carried the lion round his fortress to make it invulnerable; it was really a path opened by one of the landslips, which have reduced the sandstone cliff of the acropolis to a mere shell, and threaten to carry it altogether into the plain below.

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  • There appears, however, little doubt that this tradition is mythical and that Helmstedt was not founded until about 900.

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  • Mythical elements it certainly contains; and to those figures which - like Siegfried, Brunhild, Hagen and the "good margrave" Ruedeger of Bechlaren - cannot be traced definitively to historical originals, a mythical origin is still provisionally ascribed.

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  • He defends them against Zeus, who, in accordance with a widely diffused mythical theory, desires to destroy the human race and supplant them by a new and better species, or who simply revenges a trick in which men get the better of him.

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  • We thus find Prometheus in the position of the fire-bringer, or fire-stealer, and so connected with a very wide cycle of similar mythical benefactors.

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  • All pedestrian concerns were put aside and col­lectively forgotten while the group concentrated on the created adventures of the mythical three.

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  • A carved ivory mythical beast is mounted on the metal fitting.

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  • The bottom line is that the biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah is a mythical story based on the usual archetype of celestial catastrophism.

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  • The symbol for for Sagittarius is the mythical centaur, an archer half human and half horse.

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  • Nearby is an interesting modern sculpture of the mythical beast called a chimera.

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  • From mythical creatures to the real thing, Hector's dolphins, the world's smallest species, occur only in New Zealand waters.

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  • But some historians feel that the spring was probably mythical and the present monument on the site is a Victorian drinking fountain.

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  • The quest to find the mythical firebird is a journey full of magic and music.

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  • But when he catches sight of the mythical firebird visiting his father's orchard, his luck just gets worse.

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  • It would be such a great story to tell the mythical grandchildren.

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  • Motifs include religious figures, hunting scenes in which the king has the central place, and mythical animals like the winged griffin.

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  • We are not harking back to some mythical bygone age of policing.

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  • To suppose that all mythical stories are fables invented by the philosophers is to write history backwards avid confound the instinctive, impersonal, poetic wisdom of the earliest times with the civilized, rational and abstract occult wisdom of our own day.

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  • Of all these temples the oldest is probably that of Heracles, while the best preserved are those of Hera and Concordia, which are very similar in dimensions; the latter, indeed, a Some writers place Kamikos, the city of the mythical Sican Kokalos, on the site of Acragas or its acropolis; but it appears to have lain to the north-west, possiblyat Caltabellotta,lom.

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  • Macan, suggest the period between Solon and Peisistratus, c. 570 B.C. It may be questioned, however, whether the whole episode is not mythical.

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  • Modern scholars, who accept this view, assign him to about 550 B.C.; others regard him as purely mythical.

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  • This applies equally to those who have a recognized historical origin and to those who are regarded as purely mythical.

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  • A majority of the artists are content to copy old pictures of Buddhas sixteen disciples, the seven gods of happiness, and other similar assemblages of mythical or historical personages, not only because such work offers large opportunity for the use of striking colors and the production of meretricious effects, dear to the eye of the average Western householder and tourist, but also because a complicated design, as compared with a simple one, has the advantage of hiding the technical imperfections of the ware.

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  • Such a theory must be mythical in form, and, after gods have arisen, is likely to be a theogony (0E6s, god) as well as a cosmogony (Babylonia, Egypt, Phoenicia, Polynesia).

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  • The latter received mythical representation in that most interesting god (but originally rather culture-hero) Maui, who, in NewZealand practically supplants Tangaloa, and becomes the god of the air and of the heaven, the creator and the causer of the flood.2 Speculation opened the usual deep problem; whence came the gods?

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  • Tegea was one of the most ancient cities of Peloponnesus; tradition ascribed its concentration (synoecism) out of eight or nine primitive cantons to a mythical king Aleus.

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  • Early in the 'forties the Frenchman Botta, quickly followed by Sir Henry Layard, began making excavations on the site of ancient Nineveh, the name and fame of which were a tradition having scarcely more than mythical status.

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  • According to Strauss the fulfilments of prophecy in the New Testament arise from the Christians' belief that the Christian Messiah must have fulfilled the predictions of the prophets, and the miracles of Jesus in the New Testament either originate in the same way or are purely mythical embodiments of Christian doctrines.

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  • For traces of mythical elements in the story see Winckler, Altorient.

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  • The gens in turn was regarded as an expansion of the family, as was the state of the gens; and members of these larger units by worship of common ancestors - usually mythical - kept alive the feeling that they were a single organic whole animated by a common soul and joined in consanguinity.

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  • The later religious literature is much taken up with the mythical and semi-mythical dynasties of kings, and the priests compiled, with many newly-invented details, the chronicles of the wars they were supposed to have waged.

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  • For Bjarmaland, though it gained a local habitation, is also in Norse tradition a wholly mythical and mythological place, more or less identical with the underworld (Niflhel, mist-hell).

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  • For instance, it is curious that Taras, the mythical founder of Tarentum, is said to have been conveyed in this manner from Taenarum to Tarentum.

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  • Eugene Demolder (b.1862) also created a mythical city as a setting for his prose conies in the Legende d'Yperdamme (1897).

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  • The forest fae are common to mythical fiction.

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  • The various attempts at combination probably point to the fact that the purely mythical figure of a god-saviour (Heros) was connected first by Basilides with Jesus of Nazareth.

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  • The people dressed themselves gaily, some in the disguise of the mythical personages in the suite of Dionysus, and paid a round of visits to their acquaintances.

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  • Bangor has been identified by some antiquarians as the site of the mythical city of Norumbega, and it was reported in 1656 that Fort Norombega, built by the French, was standing here; but the authentic history of Bangor begins in 1769 when the first settlers came.

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  • Its eminence, however, was so largely based upon dalliance with Roman society, its weakness so great in having only a mythical character, instead of a personality, as an object of adoration, and in excluding women from its privileges, that it fell rapidly before the assaults of Christianity.

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  • Although we know that the Christian church was established in Britain during the later period of the Roman domination, there is little to be learnt respecting it, and the bishop Restitutus, who is said to have attended an Ecclesiastical Council, is a somewhat mythical character.

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  • An important influence in Roman literature and belief, which had its origin in Sicily, first appeared in this poem - the recognition of the mythical connexion of Aeneas and his Trojans with the foundation of Rome.

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  • The name Kambuja, whence the European form Cambodia, is derived from the Hindu Kambu, the name of the mythical founder of the Khmer race; it seems to have been officially adopted by the Khmers as the title of their country about this period.

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  • The earlier part of it treated of the mythical adventures of Aeneas in Sicily, Carthage and Italy, and borrowed from the interview of Zeus and Thetis in the first book of the Iliad the idea of the interview of Jupiter and Venus; which Virgil has made one of the cardinal passages in the Aeneid.

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  • The story of the famous kiss bestowed by Margaret of Scotland on la precieuse bouche de laquelle sont issus et sortis taut de bons mots et vertueuses paroles is mythical, for Margaret did not come to France till 1436, after the poet's death; but the story, first told by Guillaume Bouchet in his Annales d'Aquitaine (1524), is interesting, if only as a proof of the high degree of estimation in which the ugliest man of his day was held.

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  • It consequently rests upon a distinct basis of fact, the saga (in the older and wider sense of any story said or sung) being indeed the oldest form of historical tradition; though this of course does not exclude the probability of the accretion of mythical elements round persons and episodes from the very first.

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  • The coins demonstrate that Hellenism had become quite extinct in Persis, while the old historical and mythical traditions and the Zoroastrian religion were supreme.

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  • The earliest mythical inhabitants (though some have localized the Sirens here) are the Teleboi from Acarnania under their king Telon.

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  • But whether he lived or not, and whenever he lived, it is certain that many mythical elements are contained in his story.

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  • But when it is granted that the ancient Hebrews, like other primitive peoples, had their own mythical and traditional figures, the story of Cain becomes less obscure.

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  • He was not only the oldest native dramatist, but the first author of an epic poem (Bellum Punicum) - which, by combining the representation of actual contemporary history with a mythical background, may be said to have created the Roman type of epic poetry.

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  • The basis of his legend is mainly historical, although the story of his journey to Constantinople and the East is mythical, and incidents have been transferred from the reign of Charles Martel to his.

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  • Before her time there had been many monogatari (narratives), but all consisted merely of short stories, mythical or quasi-historical, whereas Murasaki no Shikibu did for Japan what Fielding and Richardson did for England.

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  • Shrines of the Double Axes have been found in the palace of Cnossus itself, at Hagia Triada, and in a small palace at Gournia, and many specimens of the sacred emblem occurred in the Cave Sanctuary of Dicte, the mythical birthplace of the Cretan Zeus.

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  • In the oldest (Pindar) the "Argo" sailed along the river Phasis into the eastern Oceanus, round Asia to the south coast of Libya, thence to the mythical lake Tritonis, of ter being carried twelve days over land through Libya, and thence again to Iolcus.

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  • Here he appears as a chiefly mythical personality, who slays monsters, such as the giant of St Michel, the boar Troit, the demon cat, and goes down to the underworld.

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  • Chimera has come to describe any being with split personalities or features, much like the mythical creature.

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  • The northern portion of it consists of a lofty ridge with two summits, the westernmost of which is occupied by the modern town (985 ft.), while the easternmost, which is slightly higher, bears the name of Rock of Athena, owing to its identification in modern days with the acropolis of Acragas as described by Polybius, who places upon it the temple of Zeus Atabyrius (the erection of which was attributed to the half mythical Phalaris) and that of Athena.'

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  • The modern Persians call this place Nakshi Rustam (" the picture of Rustam ") from the Sassanian reliefs beneath the opening, which they take to be a representation of the mythical hero Rustam.

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  • The name Atlas given to these mountains by Europeans - but never used by the native races - is derived from that of the mythical Greek god represented as carrying the globe on his shoulders, and applied to the high and distant mountains of the west, where Atlas was supposed to dwell.

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  • Aepyornis maxima, which laid enormous eggs, and not unnaturally recalls the mythical " roc " that figures so largely in Arabian tales.

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