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Hermes, Lord of Robbers (Homeric Hymn Number Four)
Hermes Lord of Robbers - Homeric Hymn Number Four Author:Penelope Proddow (translated and adapted) "Hermes, Lord of Robbers," is the fourth in a collection of hymns, known as the Homeric Hymns, which were used by Greek minstrels as introductions to their longer songs. Such a hymn would invoke the god in whose honor a feast was being given, praising his lineage and his achievements. It was hoped that the god would feel kindly towards the minst... more »rel and favor all the songs that followed.
The hymn itself is a very ancient form and appears in various localities of Greece at different times. "Hermes, Lord of Robbers," could have been written as early as the seventh century B.C. or as late as the third.« less