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Department
Religious Studies
Course
RELS 1200Y
Professor
Peter O' Brien
Semester
Winter

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CLAS 1100    Homeric Hymns: Demeter and Hermes            Mon, Jan 13 / 2014 Homeric Hymn to Demeter Demeter’s withdrawal (2d) ­ Demeter is imagined in her persona as a goddess as well as a mother ­ Demeter’s withdrawal shows the suffering of a goddess mapped onto human  experience ­ Demeter’s withdrawal of her lot, her office not only impacts mortals, but also  gods (RE: “sacrifices”) ­ Gods are sharers of the cosmos with humans, and needs recognition of their  superiority from humans for the cosmos to make sense (RE: Odyssey – needs  human understanding for order to be more effective) Zeus relents for Persephone to return (2e) ­ Frenzy of messenger activity – Iris, Hermes ­ Shows obsession about the communication between different cosmic order must  exist Persephone and the Pomegranate Seed (2f) ­ Pomegranate seeds tie Persephone to the underworld ­ Now, for 1/3 of the year, Demeter withdraws from her lot ­ This is the origin (aetiology) of the seasons Homeric Hymn to Hermes Comparing the Hymns: Apollo: quintessentially Olympian – fearsome, separated from humans Demeter: subsumes part of old chthonic order (Earth goddess) Hermes: contains both aspects of supreme separation and elements of earthliness Hermes: ­ Connected to cattle and sheep ­ “Fortune­bearing herald” ­ Unambiguously Olympian ­ But 
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