The Classical Gods of Ancient Greece


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Picture of the Greek Silent God HARPOCRATES from our Greek mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Greek Silent God

Baby-faced God of Shhh

Bit of a glitch here. He started out as HAR-PA-KHERED, the Egyptian divine baby HORUS, but the Greeks borrowed him for their deity collection.

As a toddler God, he was depicted in suitably cutesy fashion with his finger to his mouth. Awww bless. Unfortunately, when the Greeks saw this finger-licking image they assumed he was making the sign of Shhh! They categorized him as a God of Silence.

Still, it could have been worse. HARPOCRATES could have ended up as the God of Nail-Biting or Nose-Picking.

Not much has been heard about him since those times, so perhaps the Greeks eventually realized their embarrassing mistake. Shhh! Best to keep it quiet.

If you’re wondering what happened to HARPOCRATES in the end, we may have a lead. There is a very cute picture of him in finger-sucking pose with curly hair and staring eyes. Did this silent spirit ditch his last name and become HARPO MARX, the God of Silent Comedy?

It’s a long shot but we’re keeping our eyes open for mythological sightings of GROUCHO, CHICO and ZEPPO. Honk! Honk!


Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Male
Type : deity

In charge of : Silence
God of : Silence, Quiet

Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index : 14951

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Article last updated on 06 August 2014 by Peter J Allen.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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