By Amirah M.
Hermes was the Greek god of commerce, son of Zeus and Maia. Quick acting and cunning, he was able to move swiftly between the world of man and the world of gods, acting as a messenger of the gods and the link between mortals and the Olympians.
He was the protector of travelers, thieves and athletes. He occasionally tricked the other gods for his own amusement or in an effort to protect humans. With the ability to move freely between worlds, he also served as the guide of the souls of the dead to the underworld and the afterlife. HERMES was the god of the herds, markets, athletics and heraldry. His cult was centred in the Peloponnese.
Extra Info about Hermes
Arguably his most important shrine was that of Mount Kyllene in Arkadia, where he was reputed to have been born.
In classical and Hellenistic art Hermes was usually depicted as a handsome, athletic youth, with short, curly hair. He was commonly depicted nude, with a robe draped over his shoulder and arm. Sometimes he was equipped with a winged cap. In older Greek art Hermes was portrayed as a more mature, bearded god, a representation which remained popular on Herma (phallic bust-topped pillar-statues) well into classical times.