07_2 The Male Deities

07_2 The Male Deities - messengers, liars, thieves,...

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Chapter Seven, Lecture Two Myths of the Olympians
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Hephaestus The “blacksmith” god Zeus and Hera or just Hera Lame blacksmith god or just god of the manual crafts and metal working; sometimes just fire. Shows some contempt for labor
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Hephaestus Island is Lemnos, where he may have landed after being thrown out from Olympus Assisted by Cyclopes and golden robots Married as a joke to Aphrodite Once trapped Hera in a throne: released her after Dionysus (god of wine) got him drunk and brought him to Olympus
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Ares Son of Zeus and Hera Blood-lust in battle Greeks preferred Athena as goddess of strategy in war Few myths Disgracefully wounded at Troy by Athena and Diomedes
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Ares Best known for adultery with Aphrodite Caught in flagrante delicto by Hephaestus Fear (Phobos), Panic (Deimos)
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Hermes Son of Zeus and Maia Bizarre complexity of attributes: The ram, the herd, herdsmen, travelers,
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Unformatted text preview: messengers, liars, thieves, businessmen, leaders of souls to the underworld (psychopompos), orators Hermes Epithet: Argephontes (slayer of Argos) Iconography: travelers hat, winged sandals, caduceus The Herm Erect phallus wards off aggression Hermes The Homeric Hymn to Hermes The early achievements of Hermes The trickster Invents: sneakers, the lyre, sausage . . . Conflict between the old aristocrats and the new class of capitalists and men of industry Hermes Beings associated with Hermes Autolycus (son) master thief could make himself invisible father of Odysseus Pan (son) (to feed?) shows fertility side of Hermes Syrinx (Pan pipes) Panic of the solitude of the woods Echo (loved by Hermes) got into trouble with Hera End...
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2010 for the course CLT 3370 taught by Professor Eaverly during the Spring '06 term at University of Florida.

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07_2 The Male Deities - messengers, liars, thieves,...

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