Hermes

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  • Hermes Deception

    Hermes is perhaps one of the most skilled liars amongst the gods, even when he is a newborn. His skill at lying is best depicted in his interaction with the tortoise with his baneful words, “It is better to be at home, since the outdoors is harmful” (Hermes 25-60). Hermes, like Odysseus, tells a direct lie that is known to the audience. The audience knows something is up with the tortoise and Hermes; his gentle tone is far too sweet and kind to actually be true. Thus, when he reveals how he kills the tortoise inside his home and turns the tortoise into an instrument, the audience is not surprised. However, it is not until later that the result of Hermes’ lie is revealed. All that is known is that he now has an instrument. While music is generally thought of as a beautiful thing, it is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of power. However, in Hermes case, his lie gains him a powerful new instrument in music, something that can tempt others away from their better judgments. The temptation of the lyre is what tempts Apollo away from his anger and allows the trade, the lyre for the Caduceus (Hermes 409-580). To simplify, Hermes’ lie to the tortoise gives him the Caduceus, the symbol of his power as a herald, the herald of the gods to be specific, and which in turn makes him a god within the twelve Olympians. In essence, the god Hermes lies to become a god, which may not have happened…

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  • Three Gods Walk Into A Bar Play Summary

    decides he isn’t), the unknown man then leaves the bar, leaving Zeus more frustrated. The next day Michael and an army come to Olympus to force vacate the gods. Zeus tries to get Hermes to stall them, while he chains himself to the bar. Michael enters and wonders why they are still here, Zeus tries to use his lighting but he no longer has his powers (none of the gods have their powers anymore). Hermes then enters in saying that he quits and is now working for Michael and his employer. He then…

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  • Compare And Contrast The Greek Gods And Norse Mythology

    The most obvious connection between these gods is their collective connections to the afterlife and the underworld. Both Hermes and Odin are seen as envoys to the dead and Odin specifically was commonly honored through sacrifices of powerful figures. Odin and Loki’s offspring also run some of the afterlives just as Hades runs the entirety of the Greek afterlife. As king of the gods, Odin is popularly depicted as a wise and serene figure analogous to Zeus, but Odin is actually a seemingly…

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  • Compare And Contrast Heracles And Perseus

    Perseus and Heracles are both the sons of Zues but have different mothers Perseus's mother was a princess and was also a human. Heracles's mother abandoned him his mother's name was Alcmene. Heracles tricked Atlas when he went to get apples from a tree. Heracles killed a hydra and also killed two deadly serpents by strangling them when he was just a baby. Heracles had to do 12 labors in order for him to become a "full God," instead of a demigod. Heracles's cousin was the one who made Heracles…

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  • 50 Shades Of Medusa Analysis

    longer cared about the protection of others, she was fighting for her life. After a few years, Medusa had quite the collection of stone statues. Heroes, warriors, Kings, and lost travelers alike all fell victim to her stony gaze. The more people fell to Medusa, the more people began to fear her. And soon, she was dubbed an unbeatable and unstoppable monster (Cartwright). But one hero would prove this myth wrong, Perseus, a grandson of Zeus, was quested with the task of killing Medusa and…

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  • Dionysus In The Bacchae

    one of the crew warns the others to set Dionysus free because he is not mortal. No one listens and Dionysus ends up turning the whole crew, with the exception of the one who begged the others to let him go, into Dolphins. Similarly, in John 2:1-11, Jesus turned water into Wine at a wedding; all the wine had been drunk and Jesus’s mother had asked him to help and he told the servants to fill up six stone water jars and bring them to the master of the feast. When Dionysus was born Hera, Zeus’s…

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  • Essay On Doom Of The Sirens

    Odysseus at a Banquet by Giovanni Paolo Panini. It articulates a famed myth about Circe who was a powerful magician. He changed any careless visitors into animals. Ulysseus and his man landed on her isle and a group were sent to investigate. They met Circe and were instantly changed into animals, swine to be exact. One man escaped and told Odysseus what happened and Odysseus came to try to save his men but he met Hermes instead and he gave him a plant to ward off the magic of Circe. After…

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  • Poseidon: The Greek God

    known to ever travel to the realm of the living, the God of the Underworld happened to stumble upon his future queen while she was admiring a special narcissus flower produced and planted by the mother of the Earth, Gaia. The flower was actually supposed to be a present for Hades given by Gaia but instead of taking the flower, he took Persephone instead by snatching her up in his chariot and pulling her down to his realm forcibly. When Demeter, Persephone’s mother and the Goddess of the crop…

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  • Compare And Contrast Odysseus And Perseus

    larger than life strength and courage on his odyssey home to his family in Ithaca after the Trojan War. Perseus is a story about the demigod Perseus who goes on a journey, with the help of god Hermes and goddess Athena, in order to kill the Gorgon Medusa, proving himself and saving the woman he loves in the process. Odysseus and Perseus have many differences, such as their source of motivation and what they relied on to complete their journey, but they are still similar in that they both are…

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  • Music And Isidore Of Seville: An Analysis

    In the section Music, Isidore of Seville first gives context behind the word; music is explained to be derived from the Greek word ‘Muse’. The nine Muses used their voices to tell and sing stories. They are credited as the inspiration of literature and the need to write down words. Isidore of Seville also refers to the Greek myth of Orpheus in Etymologies, explaining that Orpheus perfected the art of the lyre, an instrument created by the god Hermes. Isidore elucidates the power of Orpheus’s art…

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