Hermes by: nathan sidoti

"He primarily served as the herald or messenger of the gods.

Hermes was the god of shepherds, land travel, and literature. More specificalln as a patron of poetry.

His interests were varied and widespread.

In his role as herald, it also fell to him to conduct souls to HADES.

As was the case with other gods, Hermes was known for abundant love affairs with mortals, goddesses, and nymphs.

According to some sources, Hermes was associated with fertility and good fortune.

Hermes is most often presented as a graceful youth, wearing a winged hat and winged sandals. This is how he appeared to Perseus when he and Athena arrived to help the hero kill Medusa.

Hermes was considered a “trickster” due to his cunning and clever personality.

Hermoea was the name given to the riotous festivals thrown in his honor.

Hermes was born in a cave on a mountain in Arcadia; he was conceived and born within the course of one day.

His son PAN WAS HALF MAN, HALF GOAT. Pan’s mother was named Dryope, and she was terrified of her son’s strange appearance.

Abderus, another of Hermes’ sons, was a friend to HERCULES. He met his fate when he was devoured by the Mares of Diomedes.

Hermaphroditus (also known as Aphroditus) was an androgynous deity and the offspring of Hermes and Aphrodite.

The tortoise is a symbol of Hermes.

Hermes freed Io, one of Zeus’ lovers, from the giant Argus.

Hermes talked the nymph CALYPSO into releasing ODYSSEUS.

Hermes played a part in the infamous love story of Orpheus and Eurydice. After Eurydice is granted one day on earth with her husband, it is Hermes who escorts her back to the underworld.

He was a patron of thieves. On the day of his birth, Hermes stole cattle from APOLLO.

He was the only one other than Hades and Persephone who was allowed to leave the underworld without consequence.

He was the god of boundaries, both literal and figurative."

Cites

https://greekgodsandgoddesses.net/gods/hermes/

Credits:

Created with images by Herb@Victoria - "Stato della Città del Vaticano" • Nagarjun - "Hermes, Messenger God" • HockeyholicAZ - "Caduceus"

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