By Neil Gaiman
Published from legal, Shadow reveals his global grew to become the other way up. His spouse has been killed; a mysterious stranger deals him a task. yet Mr. Wednesday, who is familiar with extra approximately Shadow than is feasible, warns hurricane is coming -- a conflict for the very soul of the United States . . . and they're in its direct path.
One of the main talked-about books of the recent millennium, American Gods is a kaleidoscopic trip deep into delusion and throughout an American panorama right now eerily standard and completely alien. it's, simply, a modern masterpiece.
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This is the same Artemis to whom Agamemnon was about to offer, in Aulis, his daughter Iphigenia, previous to the The Scythians in departure of the Greeks for Troy. Tauris likewise had a goddess whom they propitiated with human sacrifices. This caused her to be confounded with Artemis Orthia, and the story arose that Iphigenia was conveyed by the goddess to Tauris, from which place she subsequently, assisted by her brother Orestes, brought the image of the goddess to Greece. The Ephesian Artemis, known to us as "Diana of the was distinct from all that have been men- Ephesians," She was, tioned.
Statue discovered at On combining er that her the characteristic features of Minerva, most prominent trait is we may gath- a lofty seriousness, well befitting the chaste, grave character of the virgin goddess. The closed lips and the prominent chin betray a determined and resolute disposition, while her mien and bearing give token of strength and dignity. Among the favorite animals of Minerva we may mention the serThe first is a symbol of wisdom, the pent, the owl, and the cock. second of profound meditation, and the last of eager desire for the The attributes of Minerva consist of the aegis (which serves as fray.
The Roman Diana, who was early identified with the Greek Artemis, was likewise originally a goddess of the moon. As such, she possessed a very ancient shrine on Mount Algidus, near Tusculum. Like the Greek Artemis, she was also regarded as the tutelary goddess of and was invoked by women in childbirth. women, This was also the case with Artemis, although the matrons of Greece looked for more protection in this respect at the hands of Hera. in She gained, however, a certain political importance after having been made by Servius Tullius the tu- Rome telary deity of the Latin League.
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