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The Queen of the Air

John Ruskin

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .no consequence with respect to the general force of the term as meaning the profitableness of Hermes. Athena's epithet of 'ageleia' has a parallel significance. [Transcriber's note: words inside single apostrophes are Greek, and use the Greek alphabet.]

28. In connection with this driving of Priam's chariot, remember that as Autolycus is the son of Hermes the Deceiver, Myrtilus (the Auriga of the Stars) is the son of Hermes the Guide. The name Hermes itself means impulse; and he is especially the shepherd of the flocks of the sky, in driving, or guiding, or stealing them; and yet his great name, Argeiphontes, not only—as in different passages of the olden poets—means "Shining White," which is said of him as being himself the silver cloud lighted by the sun; but "Argus-killer," the killer of rightness, which is said of him as he veils the sky, and especially the stars, which are the eyes of Argus; or, literally, eyes of brightness, which Juno, who is, with J. . . Read More

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Las dos primeras partes son absolutamente sublimes.

very hard read for me. I almost didn't get through it.

"This first of May, 1869, I am writing where my work was begun thirty-five years ago,- within sight of the snows of the higher Alps."

He wrote the essay when at a time of his life he was feeling broken, “lately”, in days and “strength”; in 1869, in Vevay, Switzerland.

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