Harpocrates (Biographical details)

Harpocrates (deity; Egyptian; Male)

Also known as

Harpocrates; Harpokrates; Horpekhrod; Horus


Manifestation of Horus (q.v.) as a child; known in inscriptions as First Great and Mighty of Amun and Master of Mendes. Horus is represented as a naked boy with his finger to his mouth, a realisation of the hieroglyph for "child". Misunderstanding this gesture, the later Greeks and Roman poets made Harpocrates the god of silence and secrecy.