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Open Access A God Why Is Hermes Hungry?

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A God Why Is Hermes Hungry?

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In the evening of the first day of his life baby Hermes felt hungry, or, more precisely, as the Homeric Hymn to Hermes in which the god's earliest exploits are recorded, says, "he was hankering after flesh".In an attempt to grasp the god as an individual person and to compose a 'psychogram' with the aid of various streams of evidence, it is this particular aspect that this chapter analyses drawing on the information provided by respectively the literary genre of the fable, next visual representations, then comedy specializing in Hermes' culinary peculiarities, which - via a glance into other sources on sacrificial cultic aspects - will guide us back to hungry Hermes.

Keywords: Greedy Interpreters; Hungry Hermes

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