Mercury And Hermes Essay

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Mercury/Hermes Jeremy Hamilton Period 5-10 3/23/01 Mr.Hix Mercury and Hermes the same mythological gods.Mercury was a Roman god and Heremes was a Greek god. In the next couple of pages, I will explain some of the likenesses and Differences of these two gods. Mercury was a Roman god. He is the son of Jupiter and Maia and was born in a cave on Mountain in Aradia.He is the god of many things, such as commerce, wrestling, gymnastics, thievery, and many other things that require cleverness. He is the guardian of border lines and roads . He lead souls to the Underworld. He was also the messenger of the gods.He wore a winged cap and a Winged pair of shoes. His shoes were called a the "talaria" and his cap was called the "petasos".He also carries a staff called the Caduceus that possessed magical powers. It also had wings that were at its tip and is said to have two snakes warped around it. This staff is used today as many symbols. An example is in medicine as the symbol for the Blue Cross.He is also said to have invented the lyre. He did this by killing a turtle and taking its shell.Next, he attached two horns, one to each side. Then, he placed a piece of wood between the two horns and drew nine strings between the piece of wood and the bottom of the tortoise shell.Each of the nine strings was for each of the Nine Muses who presided over feast, literature, and song. He got the Caduceus by giving the lyre to Apollo.Hermes was a Roman god. He was The son of Zeus and Maia. Like Mercury, He was born in a cave on a Mountain in Aradia. He had the same winged cap and sandals as Mercury. In early...

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