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Tracking Hermes, Pursuing Mercury

John F. Miller and Jenny Strauss Clay


Of all the divinities of classical antiquity, the Greek Hermes (= Roman Mercury) is the most versatile, enigmatic, complex, and ambiguous. The runt of the Olympian litter, he is the god of lies and tricks, yet also kindly to mankind and bringer of luck; his functions embrace both the marking of boundaries and their transgression, commerce, lucre, and theft, rhetoric, and practical jokes; he also plays the role of mediator between all realms of human and divine activity, embracing heaven, earth, and the Netherworld. The twenty original contributions in this volume bring together a wide range of ... More

Keywords: Hermes/Mercury in Epic, Iambus, drama, cult, vase painting, epigraphic evidence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198777342
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198777342.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John F. Miller, editor
Arthur F. and Marian W. Stocker Professor of Classics, University of Virginia

Jenny Strauss Clay, editor
William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Classics Emerita, University of Virginia

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1 Introduction

Jenny Strauss Clay and John F. Miller

Part I Son, Father, Brother

2 Like Mother, Like Son?

H. A. Shapiro

4 Hermes and Heracles

Jennifer Larson

Part II Trickster

5 Hide and Go Seek

Jenny Strauss Clay

6 Hermes Iambicus

Andrea Capra and Cecilia Nobili

Part III Comic

8 Hermes/Mercury

Erin K. Moodie

Part IV Erotic

9 Hermes in Love

Joseph Farrell

10 Lascivus Puer

Micah Young Myers

Part V Mediator

12 Crossing the Borders

Sergio Casali

Part VI Commerce and Exchange

13 Mercury and Materialism

Duncan E. MacRae

Part VII Greek Religion and Cult

Part VIII Egypt

18 The Greek Magical Hymn to Hermes

Ljuba Merlina Bortolani

19 Hermes and the Figs

Athanassios Vergados

Part IX Cosmic

20 Rethinking Hermes

Nicola Reggiani

21 Great Hermes

Henk Versnel