Mythology Discussion 4 - Hermes and Dionysus 24 messages -...

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Hermes and Dionysus 24 messages - 24 unread 1. Recount Hermes' early life. 2. Explain Hermes' character. (There is a useful discussion of "trickster" figures on p. 227 of World Mythology ). 3. Respond to the story of Hermaphroditus. 4. Discuss the circumstances of Dionysus' birth. 5. Describe Dionysus' encounter with the pirates. 6. What does Euripides' The Bacchae reveal about the nature of Dionysus? 7. Describe the Maenads (followers of Dionysus). 8. Is Pentheus a comic or a tragic figure in this play? 9. Discuss the Zagreus version of the Dionysus myth. How strong are the Christian parallels here? 10. Describe Pan. 11. What should we learn from the Echo and Narcissus story? The maenads were nurses who cared for Dionysus when he was an infant. They are foster mothers who not only care for Dionysus, but forest animals as well. By caring for Dionysus, they acquired powers such as, being able to awaken Dionysus, running with him, sharing his attributes, taming wild things, calling forth water and wine and milk and honey from the Earth, ability to fight and not be harmed, ability to destroy and ability to
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