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ANAHITA  July 1997

ANAHITA July 1997

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Re: ANAHITA Digest - 15 Jul 1997 to 16 Jul 1997

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Laurel Bowman <[log in to unmask]>

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Women and Gender in the Ancient World <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 16 Jul 1997 22:53:25 -0700

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>Date:    Wed, 16 Jul 1997 20:12:51 -0400
>From:    Jim Miller <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: Asherah and Hermes
 ....
> However, though most Classical iconography (that I am aware of) portray
>Hermes without a beard, but most herms with faces (that I am aware of) are
>bearded.  So what is the precise relationship?  Are the herms statues of
>Hermes?  Are they related to Hermes without representing him?  Are they
>merely under the protection of Hermes?

Actually Hermes was not represented as a young (i.e. beardless) man until
later on; he was a mature, bearded male until well into the 5th century BC
(at least) - he is bearded on the Attic vases, e.g.  The connection between
the "herms" and "Hermes" is likely that Hermes is originally a
herdsman-god, eventually (naturally) extending to being divinity of all
boundaries (whose land are you grazing those sheep on?) and the herms were
boundary-markers.  I am getting this out of Burkert, GREEK RELIGION, the
section on Hermes; he will give you the references & a much more convincing
discussion than I have just done.

L. Bowman

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Laurel M. Bowman                                       [log in to unmask]
Greek and Roman Studies               http://web.uvic.ca/athena/bowman

University of Victoria          ph: (250) 721-8517 fax: (250) 721-8516
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