Hermes at a Glance
name | Hermes (ErmhV
role | god of merchants; messenger of Zeus
symbols | caduceus
(kerykeion), winged boots
Hermes in Greek Mythology
[According to Hesiod] "Hermes was the son of Zeus
. He presided over commerce, wrestling, and other gymnastic exercises, even over thieving, and everything, in short, which required skill and dexterity. He was the messenger of Zeus, and wore a winged cap and winged shoes. He bore in his hand a rod entwined with two serpents, called the caduceus.
Hermes is said to have invented the lyre. He found, one day, a tortoise, of which he took the shell, made holes in the opposite edges of it, and drew cords of linen through them, and the instrument was complete. The cords were nine, in honor of the nine Muses. Hermes gave the lyre to Apollo, and received from him in exchange the caduceus."
from Bulfinch's Mythology
In Roman mythology, the god Hermes was called Mercury.
Hermes in Art History
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Who's Who in Classical Mythology
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