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The Age of Fable (1855)
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For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness.
If no other knowledge deserves to be called useful but that which helps to enlarge our possessions or to raise our station in society, then Mythology has no claim to the appellation.
We thus see that the Greeks of the early ages knew little of any real people except those to the east and south of their own country, or near the coast of the Mediterranean.
Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated.
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