Flashcards in Chapter 12 - Hermes Deck (39):
Zeus and Maia
Who is Maia?
Eldest daughter of Atlas and Pleione
1 of the Pleiades
Who are the Pleiades?
7 daughters of Atlas and Pleione
Followers of Artemis
Zeus and Mai
Eldest daughter of Atlast and pleione
7 daughters of Atlast and Pleione
Followers of Artemis
birthplace of Hermes
Arcadia in Peloponnesus on Mountain Cyllene
Epithet of Hermes due to Birth on Mount. Cyllene
Examples of Hermes Cunningness and Inventiveness
As soon as born he invented the lyre and stole Apollo's cattle
Arcadia in Peloponessus
Birthplace of Hermes
Mountain where Hermes was Born
As soon as Hermes was born he invented the Lyre
He stole Apollo's cattle by the end of the day
Examples of Hermes' cunningness and inventiveness.
What did Hermes use to invent the lyre?
A turtle shell
Who is the archetypal trickster god?
How does Hermes attempt to steal the cows?
Steals 50 head and reverses the tracks
Who sees Hermes steal the cows?
An old man and is promised amazing crops
Why does Hermes plead innocence in the theft?
He's an innocent "babe" only born yesterday; this prevents apollo from "god handling him"
Who is ultimate judge in this case?
What does Hermes offer Apollo?
What does apollo offer Hermes?
that hermes' be the guide to the gods
What does Hermes' vow?
that he will never steal again from apollo at any rate.
What word was "hermes" derived from and what does it mean?
- means "Trail marker'
- Hermes' spirit inhabits stone pile and protects travelers
Hermes' patron god of
thieves - night travelers
heralds and messengers
Hermes associated with what historically geographical place?
Arcadia and central peloponnesus
Stone depiction of hermes not fully anthropomorphic - why?
pillar has a human head
- it has an erect phallus
- it represents fertility
God of Boundaries - why is this transgression?
Transgression because he's the god of boundaries and therefore law. He's also the god of thieves which goes against his actions
Latin for Marketplace
relates to - comMERce; MERchant, MERchandise
Hermes is the main messenger of Zeus in what book?
Iliad and Odyssey
Hermes Psychopompos refers to
Hermes as a soul guide
soul guide - conveys souls on final journey to underworld
weighing of souls
Hermes' outfit consists of 3 things
Sandals - doesn't necessarily have to be winged
Herald's staff - sometimes entwined with 2 snakes
Child of Hermes and Aphrodite
- a water nymph
Hermaphroditus and Salmacis
Hermaphroditus rejects Salmacis
- she clings to him while bathing and wishes that they may never be separated
- 2 become 1