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Hermes, Lord of Robbers: Homeric Hymn Number Four

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Barbara Cooney's illustrations add a new and exciting dimension to this translation, especially adapted for children, of one of the oldest known stories of the ancient Greeks. Hermes, the sly, clever quick-tongued messenger of the gods; Maia, his patient and rather beaten-down mother; Apollo, full of his own grandeur and self-importance: these and the other characters are...more
Published 1971 by Doubleday & Company
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I discovered this splendid old book in my local public library's sale bin. What a bargain for only 25 cents! I wish they had the other accompanying volumes as well, but no.

The story centers on the new born Hermes, son of Zeus, who spends his first day of life stealing the cattle of the god Apollo. This is a translation of a Greek poem written between the 3rd and 7th centuries B.C. It is supposedly meant for children, but I doubt many children would appreciate the poetic nature of the story. (I...more
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