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Olympian Gods » Hermes, the Messenger of the gods

Hermes's representation Hermes was the Greek god of the trade, the god of eloquence and a luck-bringing messenger of the Gods.

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Family of Hermes

Parents: Hermes was the son of Zeus, the King of the Gods, and the mountain Nymph Maea, who was a daughter of the Titan Atlas. Hermes was born inside a cave on Mount Cyllene in Arcadia, southern Greece.
Famous Children: Hermaphroditus and the Satyr Pan.

Hermes, the God's Messenger and Conductor of Souls

Hermes was wearing wings on his sandals and therefore was the speediest of all Greek gods. Because of his speed, Hermes received the role of the messenger and conductor of souls to the Underworld. Hermes was the only Olympian god who was authorized to visit Heaven, Earth and also the Underworld and enjoyed this way popularity among all the Greek gods and spirits.

Hermes, the God of the Thieves

It is well known that Ancient Greeks endowed their gods with human weaknesses. Hermes, for instance, felt an irresistible impulse of stealing ever since his infancy and quickly developed as the god of the cheaters and the thieves.

Hermes' special Relation to Zeus

Hermes was a messenger of all gods, but mostly he was known for performing duties for his father Zeus with great pleasure. Zeus appreciated Hermes' wits highly and always asked for Hermes' assistance throughout his decisions, especially when it came to cheating on his wife Hera.

Appearance of Hermes

Hermes was a young man, wearing traveling clothes, a flat hat known as "petasus" and winged sandals on his feet. Oftentimes he was also considered to have wings attached to his shoulders and hat.
Hermes usually held a winged staff with snakes wrapped around it in his hands in order to gain access everywhere. This staff helped Hermes to charm the gods or to wake up those who were tamed by the god of sleep.

Symbols of Hermes

The caduceus (his staff), the purse (or leather pouch), the winged sandals, the ram and the petasus (his hat).



The Roman name of Hermes is "Mercury"

Myths and Fables about Hermes

Hermes and the Cattle of Apollo
Hermes and the Cattle of Apollo
Hermes and the Crocus Flower
Hermes and the Crocus Flower
The Caduceus of Hermes
The Caduceus of Hermes

Places of Worship related to Hermes

Places of worship of Hermes- Mount Cilene in Arcadia, the birthplace of Hermes
Mount Cilene in Arcadia, the birthplace of Hermes

Titles of Hermesclick to expand

Agoraios ("commercial") , Argeiphontes ("Argus-slayer") , Enagonios ("guide of the athletics") , Eriounios ("luck bringer") , Psychopompos ("guide to the Underworld")