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Zeus did that. Hermes was the son of Zeus, but he grew up very quickly and one day he decided to seek out adventure. The first thing he thought of was to steal Apollon's oxes and he actually did that. Apollon didn't know who it was at first, but he soon found out that Hermes stole the oxes and took Hermes to Olympus on trial. Hermes confessed the crime and ...


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It would appear that you are correct in saying that there is no mention—at least not in the ancient mythographers—of the origin of Hermes' shoes. In the Wikipedia article about the shoes, it is claimed that "They were said to be made by the god Hephaestus of imperishable gold and they flew the god as swift as any bird." There is, however, no source indicated ...


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An early reference to a herma can be found in Aesop's (620–564 BCE) fables: Ἐν ὁδῷ τις Ἑρμῆς τετράγωνος εἱστήκει, λίθων δ᾿ ὑπ᾿ αὐτῷ σωρὸς ἦν. κύων τούτῳ εἶπεν προσελθών “χαῖρε πρῶτον, Ἑρμεία ἔπειτ᾿ ἀλεῖψαι βούλομαί σε, μηδ᾿ οὕτω θεὸν παρελθεῖν, καὶ θεὸν παλαιστρίτην.” ὁ δ᾿ εἶπεν “ἤν μου τοῦτο μὴ ’πιλιχμήσῃς τοὔλαιον ἐλθών, μηδέ μοι προσουρήσῃς, χάριν ...


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Probably not. According to Apollodorus, [VI. ZEUS CONFIRMS THE DIVINE PRIVILEGES OF HERMES.] And Zeus made Hermes his personal herald and messenger of the gods beneath the earth." It says that Zeus had to make him into his personal herald, and messenger, but there's no way that [II. HERMES STEALS APOLLO'S CATTLE.] Though he was laid out in ...


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That depends on your inference, in my opinion. Both Krishna and Hermes were tricksters and thieves while in their childhood. Krishna stole and ate butter ( Which led to him being shackled to two pots by his adopted mother, but that is a different story ), while Hermes did what he did with Apollo's cows. Both were musicians. Both were related to Bovines (...


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If we want to be exact, Hermes is not linked directly to Odin. His Roman equivalent Mercury is. The first time such a link is made is in Tacitus' Germania, where he in the ninth book states that Mercury is the deity whom they chiefly worship, and on certain days they deem it right to sacrifice to him even with human victims. Translation: Alfred John ...


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This link was made first time by Tacitus (Germania). They are similar in some aspects, which can lead to confusion, like in the question of the two relates to the figure of the hermit (wanderer, lord of the ways) and luck-chance in games, for example. Other issue that could lead us to this confusion is the question of the days of the week. The word ...


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The kerykeion, or (Latin)caduceus is a symbol of Hermes. Hermes is the god of travel, borders, thieves, trade, messages, sports/athletes and is a guide to the Underworld. So, apart from thievery and death, I'd say you are fine to god a tattoo if you really want it.


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Well over here it has one: Since the caduceus is associated with Hermes, conductor of the dead, "purists" think it has rather a negative connotation to be associated with medicine. Asclepius, the God of Healing, is the real traditional symbol.


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It's not Greek, so it's not a complete answer to your question, but there is a parallel in the Sumerian story of Enlil and Ninlil. Ninlil is a gorgeous woman (a dingir exactly, i.e. a Sumerian "god") who loves to bath in the river, but her mother Nunbarshegunu warns her about the god Enlil: The river is Holy woman! [...] don't bath in it! [...] [Enlil] ...


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To answer your first question yes, Hermes was (among other things) a god of thievery. An excerpt from the Hermes Theoi page HERMES was the Olympian god of herds and flocks, travellers and hospitality, roads and trade, thievery and cunning, heralds and diplomacy, language and writing, athletic contests and gymnasiums, astronomy and astrology. He was the ...


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I'm not aware of any version of the myth that has Hermes helping hades abduct Persephone, although I'm very happy to be corrected on this. However, I want to suggest an alternative interpretation from the one provided. There is a known part of this myth where all three did travel by chariot: When they were on the way out of Hades domain after Zeus had sent ...


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This would be more of a comment than an answer, but since I don't have the reputation yet... I often thought along the same lines, and I ended up here because of this item, which is claimed to be a representation of Mercury: SOURCE: https://timelineauctions.com/lot/mercury-applique/117293/ I'm no expert, but I don't remember seeing Hermes standing with ...


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In a Word, Yes Yes, in Greek mythology, deities would fairly often assume the forms of other deities. The instances are certainly not as numerous as the stories in which the gods take on the shapes of humans, beasts or other non-divine objects, and they (examples of a certain god appearing as another one, i.e.) almost all occur in Nonnus' Dionysiaka [...


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