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February 18 1997Dear RebeccaI am writing to you today to tell you about a few wonderful myths that I have read I feel that they would interest you as much as they did me I will give you a brief summary on each so that they will be a little more familiar to you if you decide to read them at some time in the futureThe first story I read was the tale of Hermes Born on Mount Cyllene to his mother Maia Hermes was an astonishing child His growth was equally astonishing for he grew at a rapid rate Deciding he wanted an adventure Hermes set out one day and stole a herd of cows from Apollo the sun god When Apollo discovered the missing herd he set out to find them but to no avail Hearing of a reward offered by Apollo for the recovery of the herd Silenus and his satyrs set out as well Traveling far and wide their journeys brought them to a small cave which echoed with the beautiful muffled sounds of a melody to which they were drawn When finding out the music was produced by an instrument made of cow gut and tortoise shell it was then understood that young Hermes had taken the herd from Apollo Formal charges were brought to Mt Olympus Apollo while going to get his remaining cows discovered Hermes musical invention Intrigued by this astonishing invention he offered his whole flock for the musical instrument Hermes agreed after which he invented a shepherds pipe which also awed Apollo He offered Hermes his golden staff in exchange for the pipe but to no avail In addition to the golden staff Hermes wanted the knowledge of augury He felt it was a useful art Hermes returned to Mt Olympus to tell his father Zeus of all goings on Zeus was
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