The Greek Myths - Chapter 4, Olympians Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 4, Olympians Summary and Analysis

Hermes is born to Maia. The little deity was quickly up to mischief, possibly because his ethical sense had not as yet developed. He stole a herd of cattle from the god Apollo, and he covered the tracks to disguise this fact. It worked, but Apollo sought the truth in this matter and eventually he found it. Hermes was called before Zeus because of this. The child god was in luck; he was chastised and the situation was corrected, but he was spared any harsh penalty for his actions. He exchanged musical instruments of Hermes's invention with Apollo in trade for the cattle. Hermes is also credited with the first animal sacrifices: he had to sacrifice enough to include himself among the divine, and this worked. Zeus insists that he give up lying. Hermes agrees, but admits that he won't give up what is later termed the 'forked tongue' . Hermes is pleased enough that he asks to be Zeus's herald. This wish was granted.

Aphrodite did not always play fair and sometimes turned to mischief. She also often regretted what she had done when things went quite bad, and did what she could to make the best of the situation, considering. It often began as an act of vengeance. She shared one of her lovers, Adonis, with Persephone, but did not abide by the sharing agreement until after Adonis was killed by Ares - another of Aphrodite's lovers. This occurred because another of the goddesses put Ares up to it by making him jealous - by advising him that Aphrodite preferred Adonis to him. This made what had been tolerable intolerable. So Ares killed him - which meant that Persephone was able to include her dear Adonis once again. This was the case, although Persephone was married to Hades. The marriage had been forced, but she relented, and so this medium was achieved. Ares is described. Robert Graves writes that there are only two other Olympian deities who are fond of Ares. These are his sister Eris and his lover Aphrodite. Aphrodite's marriage does not destroy their romance. He is what he is called and has the necessary disposition and set of abilities to go along with the position. He does not interfere with her other lovers at all until he is urged that he may be supplanted by Adonis, at which point, he hunts Adonis down and kills him.

Hestia is the virgin goddess of the hearth. She is known as having a wonderful disposition; being kind, protective and friendly. The hearth was the very center of the home life, as source of heat, the place for cooking and the source of much of the light indoors. Hestia was also great for children.

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