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Of the Theological speculations, as well as of the literature of Greece, there were three perfectly distinct eras : but the light which at these three eras was spread over Greece was not confined to that country. It originated elsewhere, and was extended to the world at large; and it was connected with events, whose influence upon the destinies of mankind will never cease to operate.
The first authenticated era of Greek civilization and celebrity commences with the colony of Danaus from Egypt : and the theology of that age was derived from Orpheus, the disciple of Musæus. With the exception of the poems of Homer and