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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 214 pages
  • 159 x 235mm
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 Halftones, black and white; 21 Illustrations, black and white
  • 113880570X
  • 9781138805705

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


Metis


Stealth


Creativity


Propriety


Overview





Chapter 2: Transmissions


Divine Messenger, Zeus' Herald


Leader of Dreams


Hermeneus/Hermeneutes


Didaskalos


Rhetor (Orator)


Overview





Chapter 3: Transitions


Divine Guide


Protector of Persons


Protector of Places


Protector of Property


Maturation


Overview





Chapter 4: Transactions


Dotor Eaon: `Giver of Good'


Hermes Agoraios


Hermes Pheletes


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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Review quote

'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
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About Arlene Allan

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.
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