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The Division of Honors and Journeying Among the GodsIn this midterm essay I will discuss why Gods Journey journey for two reasons One reason is to seek out honor for themselves The other reason is to regain honors they have lost To demonstrate this Iwill first discuss the journeys of Hades in the Homeric hymn To Demetercomparing it to the journey of Hermes in To Hermes I fell that both ofthese companion journeys were attempts by these Gods to win honors they didnot already have Next I will look at the companion journeys of Demeter andApollo I think that both of these Gods journeyed to regain honors theydpreviously had but lost Lastly I will conclude by showing how all fourGods had to compromise and divide up the honors amongst themselves Earth with its wide roads gaped and then over the Nysian field the All receiver the many named son of Kronos sprang out upon her with hisimmortal horsesNot an unseemly bridegroom among the immortals isAidoneus Lord on Many your own brother from the same seed to his sharefell honor when in the beginning a triple division was made and he dwellsamong those over whom his lot made him lord To Demeter 16-18 83-87I think that these two sets of lines show that Hades viewed Persephone as aprize Honor was one of the things Hades won when he Zeus and Poseidondivided up the world Thus Hades felt justified in journeying up from theunderworld to earth to claim Persephone as his bride I feel that he felt hedeserved to have her according to his logic because honor was something heI feel that Hermes journey was similar to that of Hades in that he traveledin order to win honor for himself and for his Mother Maia A watcher by night and a gate keeper soon destined to show forth gloriousdeeds among the immortal gods Born at dawn by midday he played his lyreand at evening he stole the
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