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Centennial by James A. Michener

By James A. Michener

Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener’s fantastic saga of the West is a captivating party of the frontier. Brimming with the consideration of America’s previous, the tale of Colorado—the Centennial State—is manifested via its humans: Lame Beaver, the Arapaho chieftain and warrior, and his Comanche and Pawnee enemies; Levi Zendt, fleeing together with his baby bride from the Amish nation; the cowboy, Jim Lloyd, who falls in love with a prosperous and cultured Englishwoman, Charlotte Seccombe. In Centennial, trappers, investors, homesteaders, gold seekers, ranchers, and hunters are introduced jointly within the dramatic conflicts that form the future of the mythical West—and the full country.

Praise for Centennial

“A hell of a e-book . . . whereas he fascinates and engrosses, Michener additionally educates.”—Los Angeles Times

“An engrossing publication . . . resourceful and complicated . . . teeming with humans and giving a fabulous feel of the land.”—The simple Dealer

“Michener is America’s most sensible author, and he proves it once more in Centennial. . . . If you’re a Michener fan, this e-book is a needs to. And if you’re no longer a Michener fan, Centennial will make you one.”—The Pittsburgh Press

“An soaking up paintings . . . Michener is an excellent storyteller.”—BusinessWeek

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Athena began her association with Athens as she vied for patronage of the city with Poseidon, each deity making proposals and counter-proposals to the people. The men voted for Poseidon, the women for Athena. Athena won by one vote when the people finally accepted Athena’s gift of the olive tree and thus chose the Goddess as their protectress. This offering of the olive tree was one of the rare examples of Athena acting as an earth or vegetation goddess. Unfortunately, this decision came with a price.

SACRED PL ACES OF GODDESS Both in Europe and Asia Minor, Goddess is represented in temples, archaeological sites, carvings, and ancestral groves. Areas around and within the Mediterranean Sea are particularly replete with monuments standing in honor of Goddess, and each season archaeological digs uncover new information that shapes and informs herstory, or the record of the Divine Feminine. In the British Isles, for example, carvings of Sheila-na-Gigs (see: Goddess Focus, Ireland, page 73), spirals, and mermaids symbolize aspects of the Mother, while in other areas of Europe and around the Mediterranean, she is represented in the forms of lunar crescents, fish, horns of consecration, vulvas, swastikas, and serpents.

To set the stage, Agamemnon had sacrificed his daughter with Clytemnestra prior to the start of the Trojan War. In retribution, Clytemnestra killed Agamemnon. Orestes then killed Clytemnestra in retribution for the life of his father. Apollo submitted that Agamemnon’s death was the more serious of the two crimes because by his seed, Agamemnon, not Clytemnestra, was the true parent of their dead daughter, thus the female womb was no more than an incubator for the male seed. Athena tipped the scales of justice in Apollo’s favor saying in The Eumenides, “I am always for the male.

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