Re: re-purposing human skin
Janice Siegel <jsiegel <at> HSC.EDU>
2012-08-28 00:28:44 GMT
And I forgot that I had found this weird story about Hermes, from Servius:
Choricus counseled his sons to cut off Hermes’ hands while he was sleeping
in revenge for stealing the idea of wrestling, which they came up with, but
which Hermes stole as his own idea (the boys’ sister Palaestra told her
lover Hermes about it and he taught it to mankind, taking credit for its
invention). Hermes complained to Zeus, flayed Choricus, and made a little
sack (folliculum) out of his skin. See Servius on Aen. 8.138.
Where in the world did this come from???
And, too, neither Marysas nor Hermes are human beings...
On Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 7:59 PM, Ralph Hancock <ralph.hancock <at> gmail.com>wrote:
> According to most sources the skin of Marsyas was simply hung up, on a
> tree or in a cave, and no use was made of it. But Plato, in Euthydemus
> 285c-d, wrote:
> Then Ctesippus said: I too, Socrates, am ready to offer myself to be
> skinned by the strangers even more, if they choose, than they are
> doing now, if my hide is not to end by being made into a wine-skin,
> like that of Marsyas, but into the shape of virtue.