κτ̂ησιν ὄπασσε, as god of flocks and herds. Hence in Od. 14.435 the swine-herd offers to the nymphs and Hermes, and the schol. quote from Simonides (Amorg. fr. 18) “θύουσι νύμφαις τῶι τε Μαιάδος τόκωι: οὗτοι γὰρ ἀνδρῶν αἷμ᾽ ἔχουσι ποιμένων”. Cf. also Od. 15.319. The pastoral character of Hermes is more pronounced in later mythology, e.g. in the Hymn to him. He was worshipped as “ἐπιμήλιος” at Koroneia, “κριοφόρος” at Tanagra (see Frazer Paus. v. p. 87), and as “νόμιος” commonly.
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