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Fast Facts About the Olympians - The God Hermes


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Hermes, god of trade, guardian of roads, and messenger of the gods. Roman work, 2nd century; after the Greek original from the first half of the 4th century B.C. Marble.

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Fast Facts About the Olympians > Hermes

Name: Greek - Hermes; Roman - Mercury


Parents: Zeus and Maia
Siblings: All the children of Zeus are his siblings, but Hermes has a special younger-brotherly relationship with Apollo.
Mates: Agraulos, Akalle, Antianeira, Alkidameia, Aphrodite, Aptale, Carmentis, Chthonophyle, Creusa, Daeira, Erytheia, Eupolemeia, Khione, Iphthime, Libya, Okyrrhoe, Penelopeia, Phylodameia, Polymele, Rhene, Sose, Theoboula, Thronia,
Children: Angelia, Eleusis, Hermaphroditos, Oreiades, Palaistra, Pan, Agreus, Nomios, Priapos, Pherespondos, Lykos, Pronomos, Abderos, Aithalides, Arabos, Autolycus, Bounos, Daphnis, Ekhion, Eleusis, Euandros, Eudoros, Eurestos, Eurytos, Kaikos, Kephalos, Keryx, Kydon, Libys, Myrtilos, Norax, Orion, Pharis, Phaunos, Polybos, Saon,

Role of Hermes

For Humans: Hermes is the god of eloquence, commerce, cunning, the inventor of the alphabet, numbers, astronomy, music, the art of fighting, gymnastics, the cultivation of the olive tree, measures, weights, and more, he sends refreshing sleep, conducts dreams, is the herdsman of the dead, the protector of travelers, the giver of wealth and luck, the protector of sacrificial animals, and patron of gymnastic games, among other things.
For Gods: Hermes is credited with inventing divine worship and sacrifice. Hermes is the herald of the gods.

Canonical Olympian? Yes, Hermes is a canonical Olympian.


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