Hermes in Greek Mythology

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Hermes was the god of merchants in Greek mythology. He was also traditionally the messenger of Zeus.

Not surprisingly, Hermes was one of the most popular gods in ancient Greek mythology. The stories in which he played a role are numerous and varied, and reveal the many facets of this intriguing Olympian.

Hermes was also a god of the crossroads. Over time, this resulted in an interesting development. Stylized images were placed at points were roads intersected. These images were called herms, and were based on the god Hermes.

One of the seemingly strangest roles Hermes played was as psychopomp, or leader of the souls of the dead. One example of this is in the story of the abduction of Persephone. The Homeric Hymn to Demeter…

In Roman mythology, the god Hermes was called Mercury.

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