Hermes, Harold Of The Gods Essay

1013 words - 5 pages

If you know anything about Greek Mythology you know who Hermes is, a messenger, guide, and most of all a thief. He represents a sort of leniency in the Gods of old Greek Mythology. Whilst the other Gods are strict, and stubborn, Hermes is coy, mischievous and a child at heart, he is the protector of all those who push the boundaries of unacceptable behavior, the majority of high school students included. But, most of these things are common knowledge. There is so much more to the herald of the Gods than we give him credit for.
Hermes was born of the God, Zeus and the Pleiade, Maia. Within days of his birth, even though he was still a babe, he had already mentally matured in a full-grown man. It took him a matter of days to reach the mentality of his adult form, which would explain his mischievous and light-hearted mentality. That’s a small part of how he became a God. You see, when Hermes was a baby he lived in a cave with his mother Maia away for fear of immortal prying eyes.
One day, Hermes once snuck out of his cradle to Pieria, in Northern Greece in search of meat. On his adventurous journey he wandered upon his half brother, Apollo’s cattle grazing in the pastures. Upon impulse he stole the cattle, seeing as only another God’s cattle would satisfy the tricky immortal, guiding them towards his desired destination…backwards. He lead the cattle backwards so as not to make it seem like a thief had led the herd away (What a cunning and a deliberately deceiving technique. Although in another version, Hermes binds the cattle’s feet in the same grass as the pasture and simply leads them away. But, this one is more commonly known). When Apollo returned to the pasture, only to find them missing he was infuriated and searched all around, but they were no where to be found and following the tracks would have been nothing but a fool’s errand, considering they led to the pasture and not from. Hermes had hidden the herd in a surrounded valley, where the mountains surrounded it covering the cattle from overhead view and the green grass kept the herd from straying. (On the way he came across the old man, Battus, but that’s part of a minor side story, which also ends with Battus being turned to telltale stone). Later, Apollo stumbled upon a strange (and unnamed) omen, causing him to wander to Valley in which he found his cattle… and Hermes. When discovered, the young boy feigned innocence, swearing that he had not stolen the cattle, in fact he swore by his father’s name. But, Apollo not trusting the little scamp dragged Hermes before Zeus, both their father and accused him of thievery.
When thrown in front of Zeus, Hermes lied through his teeth, denying ever having stolen the cattle, even throwing in the fact that he was still a babe. But, eventually he admitted to...

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