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straining of the imagination to see what they represented to the Greek mind.
In their simplest aspect, they are but so many types of ideal womanhood, taken at successive epochs.
Woman's whole earthly career may be considered as depicted, when we portray the girl, the maiden, the lover, the wife, the mother, and the housekeeper or queen of home.
These, accordingly, are represented — to give both the Greek and the more familiar but more deceptive Latin namesby Artemis or Diana, Athena or Minerva, Aphrodite or Venus, Hera or Juno, Demeter or Ceres, and Hestia or Vesta.
First comes the epoch of free girlhood, symbolized by Artemis, the Roman Diana.
Her very name signifies health and vigor.
She represents early youth, and all young things find in her their protector.
She goes among the habitations of men only that she may take newborn infants in her arms; and the young of all wild creatures must be spared in her honor, religion taking the place of game-laws.
Thus she becomes th