Bernard Morgan wrote:
> A Chairde,
> Hate to bring up the frivolous subject of Celtic Mythology again, but
> I need help...
> I still cannot find any depth to Ogma's (Ogmios/Ogmia) god character;
> is he really an important figure in mythology?
The earliest account of Ogmios that I know of is from Lucian of
Samathrace (2nd cent A.D.). In a converation with a Celtic bard in
Gaul, Lucian discovers that Ogmios represents "the power of speech" but
is not depicted as Hermes but rather as Herakles "because he is much
stronger than Hermes". Lucian uses the story to demonstrate that his own
advancing years should not be seen as a detriment to his profession as
an orator. Some are suspicious of the story because Lucian was also a
satirist, but satire requires truth in its comparisons and this story
was intended not to satirize Gaulish belief but to criticize the "cult
of youth", to make a modern comparison, so this fear is unjustified.
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