CLAS 1100Y Lecture 5: Homeric Hymns to Hermes (Semester 2- Lecture 5)

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6 Feb 2016
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Gods, Heroes, and Monsters
Lecture 5
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Homeric Hymns to Hermes
-Theoxeny : hosting a god
theo- god
xen- stranger/ guest friend
Hymn
-Purpose of the Hymn
To show Hermes gaining Olympian honour by distinguishing himself from Apollo
through his defining trait: metis, as shown in his invention, trickiness, and humour
-Gaining Honour
humble origin, not among the Olympians
Hermes desired heroic wealth
honour described in terms of description of cave
Hermes wants Apollo’s power of prophecy
gets ‘small’ bit of prophetic authority from Apollo
-oracle of bees
honoured and becomes wealthy and dignified
-not so much as Apollo
-Expressions of Metis
the lyre
-inventing accompanied singing
cattle-rustling
-invents sandals to obscure feet
-zig-zag cows
-threatens farmer
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