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A classic, prescient work dealing with myth and cult which traces the evolution of Hermes from sacred stoneheap and phallus to Homeric Hymn to Hermes and the Hesiodic poems.

Synopsis:

Hermes — trickster and culture hero, divine child and patron of stealthy action, master of magic words, seducer and whisperer — is a vital and complex figure in Greek mythology. Shepherd, craftsman, herald, musician, athlete, merchant — who is this tricky shapechanger confronting man at every truth? In this classic, prescient work (first published in 1947, and foreshadowing all subsequent work greeting the return of the gods), Brown asks, "Is Hermes the Thief the prototype, from which, by extension and analogy, the Trickster was derived? Or is the notion of trickery the fundamental one, and theft merely a specific manifestation of it?"

Product Details

ISBN:
9780940262263
Author:
Brown, Norman O.
Publisher:
Lindisfarne Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
19900331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
164
Dimensions:
7.52x5.16x.50 in. .42 lbs.

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Humanities » Mythology » Classical
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

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Product details 164 pages Lindisfarne Books - English 9780940262263 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Hermes — trickster and culture hero, divine child and patron of stealthy action, master of magic words, seducer and whisperer — is a vital and complex figure in Greek mythology. Shepherd, craftsman, herald, musician, athlete, merchant — who is this tricky shapechanger confronting man at every truth? In this classic, prescient work (first published in 1947, and foreshadowing all subsequent work greeting the return of the gods), Brown asks, "Is Hermes the Thief the prototype, from which, by extension and analogy, the Trickster was derived? Or is the notion of trickery the fundamental one, and theft merely a specific manifestation of it?"
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