Mythology surrounding Mercury
The mythology and information about the Roman God Mercury
A major deity and one of the 12 Olympian Gods
Jurisdiction: Mercury was described as being the Roman God of Finance, gymnasts, thieves merchants and commerce and the Messenger of the Gods ***
Mythology: Mythical Family Tree or Relatives: He was believed to be the Messenger of the Gods. Mercury was the son of Jupiter and of Maia who was the daughter of the Titan Atlas. The month of May was named after his mother Maia ***
Depiction / Description / Symbol: winged sandals, a winged hat and carried a magic wand. ***
Name of equivalent Greek God: Hermes ***
Matralia was the "Festival of Mercury" and celebrated during the summer
Roman Mythology and Information about Mercury
Mercury (Hermes), was the son of Jupiter and Maia. He presided over commerce, wrestling and other gymnastic exercises He was also the god of thieves and everything which required skill and dexterity. He was the messenger of Jupiter, and wore a winged cap and winged shoes. He bore in his hand a rod, or magic wand, entwined with two serpents, called the Caduceus. This Roman god is said to have invented the lyre. Four hours after his birth he found the shell of a tortoise, made holes in the opposite edges of it, and drew cords of linen through them making the musical instrument was complete. There were nine cords in honor of the nine Muses. He gave the lyre to Apollo and received from him in exchange for the magic wand, the caduceus.
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