Hermes the Thief

Hermes the Thief

A classic, prescient work dealing with myth and cult which traces the evolution of Hermes from sacred stoneheap and phallus to Homeric Hymn to Hermes and the Hesiodic poems.

Author: Norman Oliver Brown

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 0940262266

Category: Social Science

Page: 164

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A classic, prescient work dealing with myth and cult which traces the evolution of Hermes from sacred stoneheap and phallus to Homeric Hymn to Hermes and the Hesiodic poems.
Categories: Social Science

Hermes the thief

Hermes the  thief

Author: Norman Oliver Brown


ISBN: WISC:89011045127

Category: Hermes (Greek deity)

Page: 518

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Categories: Hermes (Greek deity)

The Thief of Hermes

The Thief of Hermes

Hadrian, a man claiming to be the son of Hermes and a thief like no other, frames Xena and Gabrielle for one of his crimes, then helps them escape from prison.

Author: Ru Emerson

Publisher: Berkley

ISBN: 1572972327

Category: Princesses

Page: 230

View: 729

Hadrian, a man claiming to be the son of Hermes and a thief like no other, frames Xena and Gabrielle for one of his crimes, then helps them escape from prison. Suddenly they are living like true cutpurses. Is Hadrian good or evil? Xena and Gabrielle don't have time to find out. For he has much more in store for them--an adventure only the son of Hermes could survive.
Categories: Princesses

An Introduction to the Science of Comparative Mythology and Folklore

An Introduction to the Science of Comparative Mythology and Folklore

The story of Hermes is found in a thousand forms in all Aryan lands . It is the story
of the master - thief , emHermes the bodied in the strange Egyptian tale of
RhamMaster - Thief . psinitos as related by Herodotus . In all the versions of this
myth ...

Author: George William Cox


ISBN: PRNC:32101047240518

Category: Folklore

Page: 380

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Categories: Folklore

Fastorum libri sex

Fastorum libri sex

Mercury (Hermes) was believed to have invented the lyre, making it out of the
shell of a tortoise." V. 104. patron of thieves.—The Greek god Hermes, like his
Italian counterpart Mercury, was a thief and the patron of thieves. Before he was
out of ...

Author: Ovid

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108082495

Category: History

Page: 364

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This 1929 five-volume edition of Ovid's unfinished Fasti offers text, English translation and a detailed commentary, with illustrations.
Categories: History

The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation Including the Demotic Spells Volume 1

The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation  Including the Demotic Spells  Volume 1

PGM V. 172-212 * Another way : 16 “ In order to catch a thief I summon you ,
Hermes , " immortal 175 god , who cut a furrow down Olympos / and a holy barge
, light - bearer Iao , the great immortal , shuddersome indeed to behold and ...

Author: Hans Dieter Betz

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226044475

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 411

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"The Greek magical papyri" is a collection of magical spells and formulas, hymns, and rituals from Greco-Roman Egypt, dating from the second century B.C. to the fifth century A.D. Containing a fresh translation of the Greek papyri, as well as Coptic and Demotic texts, this new translation has been brought up to date and is now the most comprehensive collection of this literature, and the first ever in English. The Greek Magical Papyri in Transition is an invaluable resource for scholars in a wide variety of fields, from the history of religions to the classical languages and literatures, and it will fascinate those with a general interest in the occult and the history of magic. "One of the major achievements of classical and related scholarship over the last decade."—Ioan P. Culianu, Journal for the Study of Judaism "The enormous value of this new volume lies in the fact that these texts will now be available to a much wider audience of readers, including historians or religion, anthropologists, and psychologists."—John G. Gager, Journal of Religion "[This book] shows care, skill and zest. . . . Any worker in the field will welcome this sterling performance."—Peter Parsons, Times Literary Supplement
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Classics in Translation Volume I

Classics in Translation  Volume I

The Homeric Hymn to Hermes Translated by Norman O . Brown INTRODUCTION
THE SEVENTH and sixth centuries B . C ... see Norman 0 . story , judged by
Hebraic - Christian notions of the divine , Brown , Hermes the Thief ( Madison ,
Wis .

Author: Paul L. MacKendrick

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299808955

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 445

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Here, translated into modern idiom, are many works of the authors whose ideas have constituted the mainstream of classical thought. This volume of new translations was born of necessity, to answer the needs of a course in Greek and Roman culture offered by the Department of Integrated Liberal Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Since its original publication in 1952, Classics in Translation has been adopted by many different academic institutions to fill similar needs of their undergraduate students. This new printing is further evidence of this collection's general acceptance by teachers, students, and the reviewing critics.
Categories: Literary Collections

Reception Histories

Reception Histories

Rhetoric, Pragmatism, and American Cultural Politics Steven Mailloux.
Articulation and Understanding I should imagine that the name Hermes has to do
with speech, and signifies that he is the interpreter (hermeneus) , or messenger,
or thief, ...

Author: Steven Mailloux

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801435056

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 206

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In his earlier Rhetorical Power, Steven Mailloux presented an innovative and challenging strategy for combining critical theory and cultural studies. That book has stimulated wide-ranging discussion and debate among diverse audiences--students and specialists in American studies, speech communications, rhetoric/composition, law, education, biblical studies, and especially literary theory and cultural criticism. Reception Histories marks a further development of Mailloux's influential critical project, as he demonstrates how rhetorical hermeneutics uses rhetoric to practice theory by doing history. Reception Histories works out in detail what rhetorical hermeneutics means in terms of poststructuralist theory (Part One), nineteenth-century U.S. cultural studies (Part Two), and the contemporary history of curricular reform within the so-called Culture Wars (Part Three). Mailloux situates, defends, and elaborates the theory he first proposed in Rhetorical Power, and he exemplifies it with a new series of provocative reception histories. He also both critiques and reconceptualizes the version of reader response criticism he developed in his first book, Interpretive Conventions. Throughout Reception Histories, Mailloux demonstrates his distinctive blend of neopragmatism and cultural rhetoric study. By tracing the rhetorical paths of thought, this book offers a new way to read the current volatile debates over higher education and contributes its own original proposals for shaping the future of the humanities.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

From Wiseguys to Wise Men

From Wiseguys to Wise Men

Hermes, son of Zeus and the nymph Maia, served many functions in the Greek
pantheon, and these roles changed over time. Norman O. Brown writes in
Hermes the Thief, “The story of the infant Hermes' theft of the cattle of his elder ...

Author: Fred Gardaphe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135397791

Category: History

Page: 264

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The gangster, in the hands of the Italian American artist, becomes a telling figure in the tale of American race, gender, and ethnicity - a figure that reflects the autobiography of an immigrant group just as it reflects the fantasy of a native population. From Wiseguys to Wise Men studies the figure of the gangster and explores its social function in the construction and projection of masculinity in the United States. By looking at the cultural icon of the gangster through the lens of gender, this book presents new insights into material that has been part of American culture for close to 100 years.
Categories: History

Fools and Jesters in Literature Art and History

Fools and Jesters in Literature  Art  and History

hand, Hermes is skilled at jobs traditionally reserved for tricksters: thief. crosser of
boundaries (particularly the boundary between life and death), inventor, musician
, and friend to humans. Hermes thief, cattle-rustler, carrier of dreams, secret ...

Author: Vicki K. Janik

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313297851

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 552

View: 650

Expert contributors provide alphabetically arranged entries for some 60 fools and jesters ranging from Woody Allen, Lucille Ball, and the Marx Brothers to Falstaff, Hephaestus, and Loki.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Imaginal Preaching

Imaginal Preaching

Hermes, Trickster and Thief. Bom of Zeus and the nymph Maia, Hermes
establishes his identity from the first hours of his life. By the end of the first day, he
had not only stolen away from his mother, but he had stolen the herd of cows
belonging ...

Author: James A. Wallace

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 0809135574

Category: Religion

Page: 151

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Imaginal Preaching: An Archetypal Perspective is based upon the analytical psychology of Carl Gustav Jung and the archetypal psychology of James Hillman. This book validates the persistence of image and its integrity as the alternative to rhetoric. It approaches preaching as poesis, an act of making, shaping, and forming of--and by--images.
Categories: Religion



More than a mere delivery boy, Hermes wears a host of guises: con artist, herald,
inventor, merchant, magus, thief. The Romans called him Mercury, the name that
came to grace the solar system's hottest and fastest orb, as well as the moist ...

Author: Erik Davis

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781583949313

Category: Computers

Page: 456

View: 438

How does our fascination with technology intersect with the religious imagination? In TechGnosis—a cult classic now updated and reissued with a new afterword—Erik Davis argues that while the realms of the digital and the spiritual may seem worlds apart, esoteric and religious impulses have in fact always permeated (and sometimes inspired) technological communication. Davis uncovers startling connections between such seemingly disparate topics as electricity and alchemy; online roleplaying games and religious and occult practices; virtual reality and gnostic mythology; programming languages and Kabbalah. The final chapters address the apocalyptic dreams that haunt technology, providing vital historical context as well as new ways to think about a future defined by the mutant intermingling of mind and machine, nightmare and fantasy.
Categories: Computers

Eternal Hermes

Eternal Hermes

... the Church to demonize Hermes-Mercury, or rather to diabolize him, in
frequent representations as a malefic character. ... already mentioned, where
Hermes appears as thief, liar, and libertinei and in the thirteenth-century Golden
Legend of ...

Author: Antoine Faivre

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

ISBN: 1609257367

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 212

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Hermes--the fascinating, mercurial messenger of the gods, eloquent revealer of hidden wisdom, and guardian of occult knowledge has played a central role in the development of esotericism in the West. Drawing upon many rare books and manuscripts, this highly illustrated work explores the question of where Hermes Trismegistus came from, how he came to be a patron of the esoteric traditions, and how the figure of Hermes has remained lively and inspiring to our own day.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Britton on Film

Britton on Film

... Redford and its forbears—differences which primarily have to do with the
attitude we are to adopt toward the hero. In Hermes the Thief, Norman O. Brown
gives an account of the mythological archetype of the tricksters: Hermes and
Mercury ...

Author: Andrew Britton

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814335505

Category: Motion picture industry

Page: 533

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For fifteen years before his untimely death, Andrew Britton produced a body of undeniably brilliant film criticism that has been largely ignored within academic circles. Though Britton's writings are extraordinary in their depth and range and are closely attuned to the nuances of the texts they examine, his humanistic approach was at odds with typical theory-based film scholarship. Britton on Film demonstrates that Britton's humanism is also his strength, as it presents all of his published writings together for the first time, including Britton's persuasive readings of such important Hollywood films as Meet Me in St. Louis, Spellbound, and Now, Voyager and of key European filmmakers such as Sergei Eisenstein, Jean-Luc Godard, and Bernardo Bertolucci. Renowned film scholar and editor Barry Keith Grant has assembled all of Britton's published essays of film criticism and theory for this volume, spanning the late 1970s to the early 1990s. The essays are arranged by theme: Hollywood cinema, Hollywood movies, European cinema, and film and cultural theory. In all, twenty-eight essays consider such varied films as Hitchcock's Spellbound, Jaws, The Exorcist, and Mandingo and topics as diverse as formalism, camp, psychoanalysis, imperialism, and feminism. Included are such well-known and important pieces as "Blissing Out: The Politics of Reaganite Entertainment" and "Sideshows: Hollywood in Vietnam," among the most perceptive discussions of these two periods of Hollywood history yet published. In addition, Britton's critiques of the ideology of Screen and Wisconsin formalism display his uncommon grasp of theory even when arguing against prevailing critical trends. An introduction by influential film critic Robin Wood, who was also Britton's teacher and friend, begins this landmark collection. Students and teachers of film studies as well as general readers interested in film and American popular culture will enjoy Britton on Film.
Categories: Motion picture industry

The Mythological Unconscious

The Mythological Unconscious

He is also , as Norman O. Brown emphasizes , a thief . Brown says that the
epithet for Hermes the thief is " tricky . " 17 That is , Hermes is an image of the
archetype of the trickster . As Brown says , he is the god of “ stealthy
appropriation .

Author: Michael Vannoy Adams

Publisher: Spring Publications

ISBN: UOM:39076002966732

Category: Psychology

Page: 416

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Ancient gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, and fabulous creatures are alive and well within our unconscious. Sigmund Freud speaks of "endopsychic myths" and "psycho-mythology"; C.G. Jung, of the "mythopoeic imagination" and the "mythforming structural elements" of the psyche. James Hillman contends that "the essence of the psyche is myth." Michael Vannoy Adams provides persuasive examples of how myths appear in our dreams and fantasies and does so with erudition, wit, and eloquent clarity. Adam's authoritative study, now appearing in a second, expanded edition, has won high praise from fellow analysts. Ginette Paris called The Mythological Unconscious "a treasure trove of the imagination," and Beverly Zabriskie cited its "balance of charm and scholarship, humor and gravitas, which simultaneously amuses and enlightens."
Categories: Psychology

Zoological Mythology Or The Legends of Animals

Zoological Mythology  Or  The Legends of Animals

HERMES , THE HERO - THIEF . 279 1 any other part of his body , they would be
a useless weight , and would impede his other functions without aiding him in
anything . The ox and the lion were also painted together in Christian churches ,
To ...

Author: Giuseppe Angelo De Gubernatis


ISBN: KBNL:KBNL03000299249



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Portrait of the Artist as Hermes

Portrait of the Artist as Hermes

To complete the ritual , she phonetically associates and blends the name Armand
with the French form Hermès . It is Krull's theft of Madame Houpflé's jewels , then ,
which affords the concrete basis for his identification with Hermes the thief .

Author: Donald F. Nelson


ISBN: UCAL:B3491112

Category: Germanic languages

Page: 158

View: 329

Categories: Germanic languages

Balkan Transitions to Modernity and Nation States

Balkan Transitions to Modernity and Nation States

IntroductIon the mythology of Hermes was affected not only by the transference of
the market from the boundary to the city agora, but also by the concentration of
commercial activity in the hands ofa specialized ... Brown, Hermes the Thief.

Author: Evguenia Davidova

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004236639

Category: History

Page: 244

View: 318

Drawing upon previously unpublished commercial ledgers and correspondence, this study offers a collective social biography of three generations of Balkan merchants. Personal accounts humanize multiethnic networks that navigated multiple social systems – supporting and opposing various aspects of nationalist ideologies.
Categories: History

American Tricksters

American Tricksters

Perhaps out of a sense of realism, Benjamin Franklin saw commerce as cheating;
if the merchant is a thief it is only natural to justify and idealize theft. norman O.
Brown, Hermes the Thief: The Evolution of a Myth (Great Barrington, mA: ...

Author: William J. Jackson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630877330

Category: History

Page: 292

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Tricksters are known by their deeds. Obviously not all the examples in American Tricksters are full-blown mythological tricksters like Coyote, Raven, or the Two Brothers found in Native American stories, or superhuman figures like the larger-than-life Davy Crockett of nineteenth-century tales. Newer expressions of trickiness do share some qualities with the Trickster archetype seen in myths. Rock stars who break taboos and get away with it, heroes who overcome monstrous circumstances, crafty folk who find a way to survive and thrive when the odds are against them, men making spectacles of themselves by feeding their astounding appetites in public--all have some trickster qualities. Each person, every living creature who ever faced an obstacle and needed to get around it, has found the built-in trickster impulse. Impasses turn the trickster gene on, or stimulate the trick-performing imagination--that's life. To explore the ways and means of trickster maneuvers can alert us to pitfalls, help us appreciate tricks that are entertaining, and aid us in fending off ploys which drain our resources and ruin our lives. Knowing more about the Trickster archetype in our psyches helps us be more self-aware.
Categories: History



Hermes, the thief-trickster-messenger of Homer's world—a god who first shows
up on the scene as a child (a way of thinking about a god that, to my way of
thinking, invokes all the openness and spontaneity and innocence we need in
our ...

Author: Christopher N Poulos

Publisher: Left Coast Press

ISBN: 9781598741469

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 216

View: 453

Accidental Ethnography merges autoethnographic method with the therapeutic power of storytelling to heal family wounds.
Categories: Family & Relationships