The Council of the Gods by Jose Rizal

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The Council of the Gods by Jose Rizal

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THE COUNCIL OF THE GODSby José RizalAn Allegory In One Act Note: Rizal wrote this in 1880 when he was a student at Ateneo when he was 19 or 20 years old. The work shows Rizal's amazing knowledge of the intricacies of Roman mythology.Note:  This play, supplied to the site by an earnest student, is submitted for free academic resource for Filipino students and others interested in the Philippine national hero. Bibliographic information and permission to put up electronically is pending.  If the English translation of this work is not in the public domain and the copyright holder wishes that it be removed, it will be done. -- RLY| |

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 | Reunion of the Gods on Olympus:        Jupiter [the chief deity, god of thunder and the skies: also known as the Greek Zeus - RLY] is seated on a throne of gold and precious stones, bearing in his hand a scepter of cypress. At his feet is the eagle, whose metallic plumage gleams multicolored; thunderbolts, his terrible arms, lie on the floor. At his right is his wife, the jealous Juno [the sister and wife of Jupiter, queen of the gods, and goddess of marriage: also known as the Greek Hera - RLY], with a refulgent diadem and the peacock of vanity. At his left is the wise Pallas [the goddess of wisdom, skills, and warfare. Also known as Athena. – RLY] (Minerva), his daughter and adviser, adorned with her helmet and awesome shield, crowned with green olive and gracefully bearing her heavy lance. Forming a striking contrast is Saturn [the god of agriculture: also known as the Greek Cronus - RLY], squatting and gazing at the beautiful group. In gracious disarray reclines the lovely Venus [the goddess of love and beauty: also known as the Greek Aphrodite. - RLY] on a bed of roses, crowned with fragrant myrtle, caressing Cupid [the god of love, son of Venus: usually represented as a winged boy with bow and arrow also known as the Greek Eros. - RLY]. Divine Apollo [the god of music, poetry, prophecy, and medicine, represented...
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