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Hermes





ISBN 9781138805705
Published May 31, 2018 by Routledge
232 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

Hermes redresses the gap in modern English scholarship on this fascinating and complex god, presenting its readers with an introduction to Hermes’ social, religious and political importance through discussions of his myths, iconography and worship. It also brings together in one place an integrated survey of his reception and interpretation in contemporaneous neighbouring cultures in antiquity as well as discussion of his reception in the post-classical periods up to the present day. This volume is an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to explore the many facets of Hermes’ myth, worship and reception.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Series Foreword

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations and Conventions

Map of Greece

Genealogical table

Foreword: Why Hermes?

Introducing Hermes

Origins and Name

Image

Myth

Cult

Making Connections, Building Relationships

Overview

PART 1: KEY THEMES

Chapteer 1: Talents

Mêtis

Stealth

Creativity

Propriety

Overview

Chapter 2: Transmissions

Divine Messenger, Zeus’ Herald

Leader of Dreams

Hermeneus/Hermeneutês

Didaskalos

Rhêtor (Orator)

Overview

Chapter 3: Transitions

Divine Guide

Protector of Persons

Protector of Places

Protector of Property

Maturation

Overview

Chapter 4: Transactions

Dôtor Eaôn: ‘Giver of Good’

Hermes Agoraios

Hermes Phêlêtês

Overview

Chapter 5: Transgressions

The Thief

The Trickster

Verbal Deception

Visual Deception

Immodesty and Excess

Trickster Tricked

Gamer and Player

Overview

Chapter 6: Transcendence

Zeus’ Herma

Zeus’ Spokesman

Zeus’ Delighter

Zeus’ Networker

Zeus’ Humane Face

Overview

Chapter 7: Translations

Hermes goes West

Roman Mercury

Literary Mercury

Political Mercury

‘Interpretatio Romana’

Hermes goes East

Mesopotamian/Babylonian ‘Hermes’

Egyptian Hermes

Overview

PART 2: AFTERWARDS

Chapter 8: Transformations I: Other Mercurys

Allegorical Hermes/Mercury

Astrological Hermes/Mercury

Magical Hermes/Mercury

Alchemical Hermes/Mercury

Overview

Chapter 9: Transformations II: Popular Culture

Visualising Hermes

Comics and Animation

Stage and Screen

Poetry and Prose

Appropriations

Philosophy

Psychology

Etymology

Commerce

Emblems and Advertisers

Mass Communication

Further Reading

Bibliography

Index

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Author(s)

Biography

Arlene Allan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Classics at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Her research and teaching interests include Ancient Greek socio-religious history, Athenian drama and the interface between Graeco-Roman religion and early Christianity. She is co-author, with Ian C. Storey, of A Guide to Ancient  Greek Drama (2005, rev’d 2nd edn 2014) and sole author of several articles and book chapters in these subject  areas.

Reviews

"Hermes, messenger of the gods, guide for the dead, deity of the marketplace, all-round trickster and protector of thieves, is hard to pin down. If there is one quality that defines him, though, it is his gentleness, his lightness of touch. Arlene Allan herself covers a lot of ground lightly, offering a svelte introduction to the ancient cults of Hermes, his role in myth, and his reception from antiquity to the present. I thoroughly recommend this book."

- Barbara Graziosi, Durham University, UK

 

 

"Allan succeeds in categorizing and illustrating the many and varied aspects of Hermes/Mercury to the reader. She has comprehensively searched the ancient literary sources for references to this deity and presents them clearly ... she has managed to show the different facets of the God Hermes from his childhood on. The book is recommended for all who want to learn about Hermes and Mercury and are interested in the figure’s reception from the Middle Ages to the present day."

- Bärbel Ruhl, University of Marburg, Germany, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2019