HERMES - HERMES Trickster god in homeric hymn to Hermes...

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Unformatted text preview: HERMES Trickster god in homeric hymn to Hermes Herald, messenger, protector of travelers, of thieves. Latin name Mercury (from merx cf. commerce, merchant etc). He protects merchants. Guide of souls Referred to as Argeiphontes,(slayer of Argus) because he killed the 100 eyed monster Argus, whom Hera set up to watch over Io, a mistress of Zeus. In the hymn to Hermes , already as baby Hermes invented the lyre by killing a tortoise, stole the cattle of Apollo (his brother), lied about it to Zeus and Apollo. The Birth and Childhood of Hermes Zeus and Maia, one of the Pleiades Argephontes (slayer of Argus) Mt. Cyllene/Arcadia Invention of lyre Theft of cattle Confrontation between Apollo and Hermes Reconciliation mediated by Zeus gift of lyre to Apollo HOMERIC HYMN TO HERMES I sing (I=the poet/performer of the hymn) About Hermes the Cyllenian slayer of Argus, lord of Mt. Cyllene and Arcadia, rich in flocks, bringer of luck Son of nymph Maia. Conceived in a cave. The child that was born: clever, robber, driver of cattle. Born at dawn, midday he was playing the lyre. Evening: stole the cattle of Apollo. Crossing the threshold very important for Hermes, already as a child Found tortoise. Made the lyre out of the tortoise shell....
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2009 for the course CLASSIC 22030 taught by Professor Karanika during the Fall '07 term at UC Irvine.

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HERMES - HERMES Trickster god in homeric hymn to Hermes...

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