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Was Hermes originally mortal?

Probably not. According to Apollodorus, [VI. ZEUS CONFIRMS THE DIVINE PRIVILEGES OF HERMES.] And Zeus made Hermes his personal herald and messenger of the gods beneath the earth." It says that ...
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Why did Apollo trick Artemis into killing Orion?

Most writers ascribe Apollo's trickery to jealousy. This particular version of the Orion myth comes from the poet Istros, as preserved by Hygnius in his De Astronomicon. The original Latin text is as ...
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Looking for an obscure myth where Zeus kills one of Apollo's male lovers

Your question reminded me of another myth - maybe you mixed up the two? Herodot describes a dialogue between Croesus and Solon on happiness: King Croesus is proud of his riches and considers himself ...
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Was Apollo the exact same in Greek and Roman mythology?

Yes Apollo is the same god in both Greek and Roman mythology. From Wikipedia The Roman worship of Apollo was adopted from the Greeks. As a quintessentially Greek god, Apollo had no direct Roman ...
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What do we know about Apollo Maleatas?

From the Name of a Place In William Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Mythology and Biography the name is spelled Maleates (Μαλεάτης), whose article entry goes on to tell us that it is a ...
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What was Apollo's reason for siding with the Trojans?

Okay, first of all, Apollo is actually pretty neutral in the beginning of the war, very much like Zeus. It's after Zeus orders him to go get involved that he enters the war. Zeus secretly favored the ...
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Why did the Trojans believe Cassandra's recognition of Paris?

@Bellerophon's answer is popularly believed to be correct. In this case Cassandra was not prophesying the future. Hyginus (Fabulae XCIII) states that "Apollo brought it about that she should not ...
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Why was Tenes made king?

He showed up It's a fallacy to treat mythology as a consistent narrative with a single continuity. Lots of stories interact and combine, and the fragments that have survived become what we call "...
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What does "distributing by lot" mean among Apollo's epithets?

I think you'll find that it's Apollo Clarius (Klarios) that you're looking for. While both names occur on the site Theoi.com, only Clarius has an entry, which makes me think that Clerius may be a ...
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Was Apollo the exact same in Greek and Roman mythology?

The Roman story was that they adopted the god Apollo from the Greeks after a plague in the 430s BCE. According to Wikipedia: On the occasion of a pestilence in the 430s BCE, Apollo's first temple ...
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Was Hermes originally mortal?

I'm not finding any ancient sources that explicitly mention the issue, but there is a mediaeval text called the Third Vatican Mythographer, written in Latin, and using the Roman names of the gods, ...
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Why did Apollo trick Artemis into killing Orion?

Artemis represents the untamed and wild, on the fringe of civilization. Animals are mortal and must die eventually as part of the cycle because humans must eat animals and sometimes animals must eat ...
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Why is Asclepius said to have been a god when he was killed?

The wiki seems to have been updated: According to the Greek historian Plutarch (in De defectu oraculorum, "The Obsolescence of Oracles"), Pan is the only Greek god who actually dies. I checked the ...
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