Mythology – Symbols of Hermes

by Erin on May 4, 2012

The symbols of Hermes are perhaps the most distinctive of all the Olympians. Indeed, the messenger god has a set of attributes that identify him in both mythology and art. He is often depicted wearing a hat and boots, and carrying a staff.

Incidentally, my usual caveat applies - this list of the symbols of Hermes is not meant to be exhaustive. I am focusing here on some of the most common attributes of the Greek god.

Caduceus - This is sometimes translated as a herald’s staff. The staff is called a kerykeion in Greek.

Winged Boots

Winged Hat

The hat worn by Hermes has a specific name - the ancient Greeks called it a petasos.

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