Similarities Between Hermes And Dionysys

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T he Greek sculptor Praxiteles made the sculpture Hermes and the infant Dionysos in ca.340 BCE. The story goes a mortal woman was pregnant by Zeus, she dies while pregnant and Zeus takes the child, and sews the baby into his thigh until he was ready to be born. Many assassins tried to kill Dionysos so Zeus had Hermes take him away to be safe. This sculpture shows Hermes resting in the forest during a journey to deliver Dionysos to Papposilenos and the nymphs, who will raise the child. Hermes is leaned against a tree trunk, in a shallow ‘S’ curve as he gazes into space while enticing the infant with is said to be a bunch of grapes.

Praxiteles, Hermes and the infant Dionysos ca. 340 BCE

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