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Chapter 12: Hermes The birth and childhood of Hermes o The Homeric Hymn to Hermes (18) concentrates upon the story of how Zeus became the father of Hermes as the result of his union with Mais, one of the Pleiades, the daughter of Atlas and Pleione o The more famous Homeric Hymn to Hermes (4) tells the story of the god's birth and childhood with delightful charm and disarming candor o The glib and playful treatment of both Hermes and Apollo is often labelled typically Greek The nature of Hermes and his worship o Many of Hermes' characteristics and powers are evident from the poem o Anthropomorphism and liberalism are both pushed to their extreme in the depiction of the god Hermes as a thief and in the implication that thieves too must have their patron deity o Divine Hermes, like Prometheus, represents another example of the archetypal trickster Yet in delightful, archetypal variations, the major quest of this charming young
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