The Roman God Mercury
The way of the Romans was to adopt various elements from other cultures and civilisations. This included the Roman religion which was highly influenced by the Ancient Greek religion and gave the Greek God names the equivalent Roman names. The Roman priests then adopted the mythology or stories about the Gods and Goddesses and evolved a Roman Gods Family tree detailing how each of the Roman Gods and Goddesses, like Mercury, were related. Greek and Roman religion and mythology therefore become closely entwined.
Myths about the Roman God Mercury
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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