Hermes

God of messenging, boundries, thieves, heralds, and herds

Birth

Hermes was born from a nymph, Maia, and Zeus, the king of the gods in a cave on Mount Cyllene in Arcadia. Immediately after birth, Hermes became a trickster to the other Gods. He played countless pranks on them, but was very clever and never got caught. Because of this, he soon was the god of thieves.

Characteristics

Hermes is known for his swift athleticism and general need for speed which in turn made him a god of athletes. He was credited for inventing foot-racing and boxing. Because of his speed, Hermes became the Messenger God, delivering messages very quickly, Zeus often sends Hermes to Earth when he has something to say to a human. His athleticism also led him to guide the dead to their afterlives.

Creator of.......

  1. syrnix
  2. alphabet
  3. music
  4. numbers
  5. weights
  6. the art of fighting
  7. foot racing
  8. the art of gymnastics

Attire

Hermes wears shoes with wings on them. They represent his "need for speed" and general athleticism. He always carries a golden wand to represent that he is a herald ( a royal & official messenger). Wears a broad-rimmed hat whenever he goes on messenger duties.

Personality

  • witty
  • helpful
  • clever
  • sly
  • painful

Fun facts

  1. Roman Name: Mercury
  2. Symbols: Rooster, Tortoise, Caduceus, Winged Sandals, and Winged Cap
  3. Never married, but fathered many children with other female love affairs, including Aphrodite, God of love

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