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(Ἑρμῆς/Hermês, in epic, also Ἑρμείας/Hermeías, Ἑρμείης/Hermeíēs, Ἑρμάων/Hermáōn)

I. Cult and Mythology

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According to mythological tradition, a god native to Arcadia. He was, however, worshipped throughout Greece. Evidence of his name appears in Linear B as early as the Mycenaean era [1. 285f.]. A bringer of culture with a special relationship to shepherds, he belongs to the ethnological category of the trickster. In epic poetry he functi…

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Baudy, Gerhard (Constance) and Ley, Anne (Xanten), “Hermes”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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