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USC - CLAS 220 - Hermes and the Gang - Class Notes

School: University of South Carolina
Department: Classical Studies
Course: Introduction to Classical Mythology
Professor: Osborne
Term: Fall 2016
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Name: Hermes and the Gang
Description: These notes are from the 8th lecture
Uploaded: 12/12/2017
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background image Hermes Birth o Zeus and Maia (daughter of Atlas)
o Messenger of the gods
o Mercury
Nature of Hermes o Thief, rogue Archetypal trickster God of thieves o Messenger Travelers hat Sandals Wings Caduceus (Herald’s wand) Athenian Herms o Sicilian Expedition (415 BC)
o Alcibiades
Hermes Trismegistus o Magic and Divine power
o The pan (all)
Hermes and Aphrodite o Had an affair
o Made Hermaphroditus
Loved by Salmacis the nymph He didn’t like her She hid and then tried to be with him Gods pitied her and fused them into one making a 
hermaphrodite
Dionysus, Pan, Echo, and Narcissus Dionysus Birth, Childhood and Origin o Zeus and Semele Hera’s wrath Semele destroyed from seeing Zeus in his true form o Dionysus rescued Incubated in Zeus’ thigh o Phrygian (Turkish)? Mycenaean Age God of o Vegetation
o The vine, the grape
o Making wine
o Mob fury
o Religious ecstasy
Nature of Dionysus and his worship
background image o Ecstatic spiritual release through music and dance
o Possession of follower by the god
o Ripping apart of animal and eating raw flesh
o Male leader
Plays the part of Dionysus o Bacchae (Maenads) Female devotees Mortal women who become possessed Dionysia o Second in importance to Panathenaea
o Competitions
Tragedy Trilogies and satyr play Comedy Satyrs o Male counterparts to Maenads
o Part man, part animal
o Love singing, music, wine
o Sexually aggressive
Often chasing maenads Sileni o Older, more lecherous versions of satyrs Midas o Silenus escaped from Dionysus
o Midas finds him and brings him back to Dionysus
o Offers Midas a gift
The Golden Touch o Touches his daughter and turns her to gold
o The river Pactolus cures him of his gift
Pan o Similar to Satyrs and Sileni Horns, ears, legs of a goat Love of music Creation of panpipe (syrinx) Lustful o Various origin stories Hermes/Apollo Musician God of shepherds o Honored by Athenians Appearance to Phidippides Echo and Narcissus Narcissus the beautiful youth Echo the talkative nymph Only the voice remains o Hera punished her so that she could only repeat what was said to her

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School: University of South Carolina
Department: Classical Studies
Course: Introduction to Classical Mythology
Professor: Osborne
Term: Fall 2016
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Name: Hermes and the Gang
Description: These notes are from the 8th lecture
Uploaded: 12/12/2017
3 Pages 17 Views 13 Unlocks
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