Easy reading

Deucalion and Pyrrha

In the Bronze Age men were not very good. The reports of their wickedness came to Jupiter, the greatest of gods. He decided to come to the earth to see for himself. He came there in the form of a man.
One day he came to Arcadia. When he told everyone he was a god, the people dropped to their knees, but their king, Lycaon, didn't. He said:
"Let's see if he is a mortal or a god."
He killed a poor hostage from Molossia, cooked him in water and served this for dinner. But Jupiter knew about this and sent a fire over the castle and changed Lycaon into a wolf.
When Jupiter returned to Olympus, he had a meeting with the gods and decided to destroy all people. He sent rain from heaven over all the earth. The thunder rolled, floods of rain burst from the heavens. Neptune, god of the sea, sent the rivers into the houses, fields and forests destroying everything.
Men tried to save themselves as best as they could. Some climbed the high mountains, others entered boats and rowed over the houses and fields. Many people died in the flood, others died of hunger on the barren mountains.
The great Mount Parnassus was still above water. A boat arrived there with Deucalion, the son of Prometheus, and his wife Pyrrha. They were good and pious people. When Jupiter saw that only a single pair of mortals remained of the many million people, he stopped the rain. The ocean resumed its banks, the rivers returned to their beds, forests and land appeared and the earth was as before.
Deucalion looked around him. The country was destroyed and silent. Together with his wife, Pyrrha, they started crying and prayed at the half-destroyed altar of the goddess Themis.
"Tell us, oh goddess, how can we start new life on earth?"
"Leave my altar," said the goddess. "Uncover your heads, ungird your garments and throw the bones of your mother behind you."

Deucalion and Pyrrha throwing stones
For a long time Deucalion and Pyrrha wondered over the puzzling words of the goddess. Then Deucalion had an idea.
"I think that I know what the goddess meant. The great mother of all of us is the Earth. Her bones are the stones, and these, Pyrrha, we will throw behind us!"
Pyrrha was not sure about this, but what harm would it do to try? So, they uncovered their heads, ungirded their garments and began throwing stones behind them.
Then a wonderful thing happened. The stones began to soften and change. Whatever was moist and earthy in the stones was changed into flesh, the harder parts became bones, the veins in the rock remained as veins in the bodies. In a little while the stones which Deucalion threw assumed the form of men, those which Pyrrha threw, the form of women. The earth was populated again.

Adapted from "MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF ALL NATIONS Translated and Edited by LOGAN MARSHALL"


Další texty ve zjednodušené angličtině:

A Get-rich-quick Scheme
a funny short story - 89 words
An Easy Matter
a funny short story - 233 words
a funny short story - 71 words
In Memoriam
a funny short story - 63 words
a funny short story - 106 words
Rip Van Winkle
an old Dutch legend from North America - 1231 words
Too much drink
a funny short story - 73 words

Last Resort
a funny short story - 113 words
Deserved the Legacy
a funny short story - 224 words
The Limit
a funny short story - 159 words
A Deep-thought Plan
a funny short story - 71 words
And He Succeeded
a funny short story - 133 words
a funny short story - 162 words
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
a horror story - 2310 words

Then Things Happened
a funny short story - 114 words
Frithiof the Bold
an adventurous legend of a Nordic hero - 960 words
Wayland the Smith
a Nordic legend - 1255 words
Twardowski, the Polish Faust
a story of a man who wanted to fool the devil - 1151 words
Count Roland of France
the legend of Count Roland and his fight against the Saracens - 1473 words
a funny short story - 76 words
a funny short story - 68 words

The Point of Honour
a funny short story - 87 words
Childe Horn
an Irish legend about a man who had to fight for his kingdom - 1975 words
Princess Goldenhair
a classic fairy-tale - 1181 words
The Little Match Girl
a fairy-tale by Hans Christian Andersen as a word-filling exercise - 521 words
The Country Mouse and the City Mouse
a fable by Aesop as a word-filling exercise - 652 words
No more quarrels
a funny short story - 62 words
a funny short story - 78 words

a funny short story - 107 words
a funny short story - 131 words
a funny short story - 82 words
a funny short story - 240 words
a funny short story - 56 words
a funny short story - 104 words
The Pied Piper
a classic fairytale - 718 words

Tom Hickathrift
a classic fairytale - 971 words
The Pedlar of Swaffham
a legend - 404 words
King John and the Abbot of Canterbury
an English fairytale - 718 words
The Lambton Worm
an English fairytale - 1123 words
Deucalion and Pyrrha
a Greek myth - 482 words
The Cyclopes
a Greek myth - 1340 words
Beowulf and Grendel
an old English heroic epic - 1319 words

The New Catacomb
a thriller story - 4123 words

Chcete-li koupit knihy ve zjednodušené angličtině pro různé úrovně, klikněte na obrázek níže:

Created by J. Brandecky, July 24, 2011. Copyright.
Kopírování a použití materiálu z těchto webových stránek na jiné webové stránky nebo intranet, nebo použití obsahu těchto webových stránek ke komerčním účelům bez předchozího písemného svolení autora je zakázáno.