• BOOK I.

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    Chaos is divided by the Deity into four Elements:

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  • to these their respective inhabitants are assigned, and man is created from earth and water.

  • The four Ages follow, and in the last of these the Giants aspire to the sovereignty of the heavens;

  • being slain by Jupiter, a new race of men springs up from their blood.

  • These becoming noted for their impiety, Jupiter not only transforms Lycaon into a wolf, but destroys the whole race of men and animals by a Deluge, with the exception of Deucalion and Pyrrha, who, when the waters have abated, renew the human race, by throwing stones behind them.

  • Other animated beings are produced by heat and moisture:

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    and, among them, the serpent Python.

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  • Phœbus slays him, and institutes the Pythian games as a memorial of the event, in which the conquerors are crowned with beech;

  • for as yet the laurel does not exist, into which Daphne is changed soon after, while flying from Phœbus.

  • On this taking place, the other rivers repair to her father Peneus, either to congratulate or to console him;

  • but Inachus is not there, as he is grieving for his daughter Io, whom Jupiter, having first ravished her, has changed into a cow.

  • She is entrusted by Juno to the care of Argus;

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    Mercury having first related to him the transformation of the Nymph Syrinx into reeds, slays him, on which his eyes are placed by Juno in the tail of the peacock.

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  • Io, having recovered human shape, becomes the mother of Epaphus.

  • BOOK II.

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    Epaphus, having accused Phaëton of falsely asserting that Phœbus is his father, Phaëton requests Phœbus, as a proof of his affection towards his child, to allow him the guidance of the viiichariot of the Sun for one day.

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  • This being granted, the whole earth is set on fire by him, and the Æthiopians are turned black by the heat.

  • Jupiter strikes Phaëton with a thunderbolt, and while his sisters and his kinsman Cyenus are lamenting him, the former are changed into trees, and Cyenus into a swan.

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    On visiting the earth, that he may repair the damage caused by the conflagration, Jupiter sees Calisto, and, assuming the form of Diana, he debauches her.

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