Pandora’s stories: Hermes

Hermes

Hermes

The son of Zeus and Maia, Hermes can seem deceitful; but be respectful for one day he will guide your soul to Hades.

The Homeric Hymn to Hermes tells us that he is a god of many shifts (polytropos), blandly cunning, a robber, a cattle driver, a bringer of dreams, a watcher by night, a thief at the gates, one who was soon to show forth wonderful deeds among the deathless gods. He is also a god of boundaries, which are marked by the herms we place outside our houses for good luck, and of the trade which is so vital to our city.

He is often depicted with winged sandals, a winged cap, and the herald’s winged staff with its two snakes.

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