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GREECE-MYTH AND TRADITION.

with a company of soldiers. This monstrous

enigma they left standing on the sand, and

then sailed away as if they were giving up

the siege. They took care, however, to convey to the Trojans a lie so carefully contrived

as to induce them to cut their walls and draw

in the dangerous horse. At night the concealed soldiers came forth; the Greeks sailed back

from Tenedos, and Troy was taken. Priam's

palace was sacked and burnt, its treasures

carried off, Helen herself recovered and borne

back to her Spartan home. The condition of

Greece in the time of the return of the expedition-the social life, manners, and institutions of the race-are depicted with great

beauty in the imperishable pages of the

Odyssey.-Such, then, are the mythological and

legendary antecedents of that brilliant people

whose career in peace and war is now to be

narrated.