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Homeric Hymn to Hermes 


The Homeric Hymn to Hermes describes the birth of Hermes and his early adventures. When only one day old, Hermes leaves his cradle and sets off in search of the cattle of Apollo.  In the process he invents the lyre and sandels.  After stealing Apollo's cattle and killing and cooking them, Hermes brings fire and the art of fire making to humanity.

Eventually caught by Apollo and brought to Zeus, Hermes bargains with Apollo and secures his place in Olympus. 

Primary Characters :

Maia, Zeus, Hermes, Apollo

Primary Concepts:


Web Links

Homeric Hymns (ed. Hugh G. Evelyn-White)
From the Perseus Project. This e-text version of the Homeric Hymn is fully annotated and hyperlinked to all the great resources contained in the Perseus Project.
Good general information about Hermes.
Hymn to Hermes
Anther version of the hymn based on the translation of A. N. Athanassakis, The Homeric Hymns.
Homer: Hymn to Hermes
Another annotated e-text of the Homeric Hymn to Hermes.


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