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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.
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CH. XIV.—Mention is made of Bacchus, Cadmus, Apollo, Perseus, fyc. IN the time of Joshua, Liber Pater is said to have revealed the vine to his host in Greece. Also, about this time, Europa is said to have been carried off, and her sons were Rhodomanthus, Sarpedon, and Minos. In these days also, lived Busiris, a son of Neptune and Lybia, the daughter of Paphus, who used to sacrifice his guests to his gods. Phoenix and Cadmus having come from Thebes, a city of Egypt, into Syria, reigned in the countries of Tyre and Sidon. But as Cadmus migrated into Greece, the whole country got the name of Phoenicia, from Phoenix. Jupiter got possession of Europa, the daughter of Phoenix, and Danaus by the means of hie fifty daughters, slew the sons of his brother iEgisthus,8 one only being left alive, who succeeded him in the kingdom. About this time Latona brought forth Apollo, not that Apollo whose oracles used to be consulted, but the one who with Hercules became a slave of Admetus ; and he nevertheless was accounted a god, so that many believe that he was one and the same Apollo with the other. Moreover at this time also Liber Pater warred in India ; and it is said that he had many women in his army, who were called Bacctise, celebrated not so much for their virtue as for their madness. About the same time also Perseus and his wife Andromeda are said to have been received into Heaven. CH. XV.—The Judges of Israel from Othniel to Sampson. AFTER the death of Joshua, the son of Nun, who succeeded Moses, the people of the Hebrews continued under judges for many years ; and the names of the judges are these :—Othniel, Aioth, Deborah, Gideon, Abimelech, Mola, J air, Jephtha, Abesan, Aldon, Samson, Eli,'and Samuel, who anointed Saul to be king. The above mentioned Othniel slew Carrathsepher, by which exploit he gained his wife Achsah, who asked of her father This is a mistake of our Chronicler for iEgyptus ; iEgisthus is known as the paramour of Clyttemnestra.


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