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Greek Mythology: Hermes (Mercury)

Ancient Greek Mythology, Religion, Art

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Hermes (Roman: Mercury) is best known as the messenger god who carried messages or who did errands for the other gods, but the ancient Greeks also regarded him as the god of commerce and trading - not to mention the god of thieves, as well. At various points and times he was further revered as the god of travelers, travelling in general, shepherds, cunning, and athletics. The product of a secret affair between Zeus and the nymph Maia, he was born in a cave on Mt. Cyllene - thus the epithet Hermes Cylleneius.

Ancient Greek Mythology: Hermes (Mercury)
Hermes / Mercury by Giambologna Hermes / Mercury
Hermes / Mercury by Giambologna Hermes / Mercury
Hermes (Mercury) of Lysippos Hermes (Mercury) and Argus
Hermes (Mercury) of Lysippos Hermes (Mercury) and Argus
Hermes (Mercury) by Praxiteles
Hermes (Mercury) by Praxiteles

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