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Invention of Institutions and Civilization in Greek Mythology II The Homeric Hymns to Hermes and Dionysus 02/02/09
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How did everything we know come to be the way it is? Theogony – origin of the gods and the explanation of Zeus’ rise to power Hymn to Muses – origin of Hesiod’s poetic art (poet’s myth of the self) Homeric Hymn to Demeter – origin of the Eleusinian Mysteries Homeric Hymn to Hermes – origin of the lyre; origin of courtroom justice Homeric Hymn to Dionysus – teaches men the power of Dionysus
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Homeric Hymn to Hermes Account of the birth of Hermes and how he came to be the god of thieves Explains the origins of four objects/institutions: 1. Origin of the lyre 2. How the lyre came to be associated with Apollo 3. Origins of fire 4. Origin of the courtroom trial
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Hermes the Prodigy The god’s appearance as baby is deceptive The action in the hymn occupies the day that Hermes was born: “At dawn he was born, at midday was playing the lyre, and stole at evening cattle owned by Apollo who shoots from afar” Difference of baby gods from (most) baby humans
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Hermes – Inventor of Lyre Hermes’ Hymn within a Hymn: “Declaring his famous descent, he sang how Kronos’ son Zeus and Maia whose sandals are fair had been wont to hold converse once in the friendly union of love; he extolled the nymph’s servants and splendid abode, the tripods throughout her home, her numerous cauldrons…” (ll. 57 ff.)
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