Greek and Roman religion and mythology therefore
become closely entwined.
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:
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.