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Facts about Hermes

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Mythical Facts about Hermes for kids
Discover interesting information and fun facts about Hermes, the ancient Greek messenger of the gods and patron of travellers.

  • Fact 1: He was the messenger of the gods and the god of merchants, travellers, and public speakers

  • Fact 2: The names of his parents were Maia and Zeus

  • Fact 3: He was one of the 12 Olympian gods who resided on the summit of Mount Olympus

  • Fact 4: He was father of Pan, Autolycus, Daphne, Myrtelius, Priapus, Silenus and Hermaphroditus

  • Fact 5: Hermes was the only god who was authorized to visit Heaven, Earth and the Underworld.

  • Fact 6: His caduceus (a staff entwined by snakes) helped Hermes charm the gods and gain access to all locations

  • Fact 7: He was often depicted ready for travel and often wore a flat hat called a petasus

  • Fact 8: He was also the god of athletes and is given credit for inventing boxing and racing.

  • Fact 9: Hermaphroditus was an immortal son of Aphrodite and Hermes. Hermaphroditus was changed into an inter-sex person when the gods granted the wish of the nymph Salmacis that they never separate.

  • Fact 10: The goddess of luck, Tyche, or Fortuna, was also said to be the daughter of Hermes and Aphrodite.

  • Fact 11: The god was precocious child who invented the lyre, using the shell of a tortoise and rustled the immortal cattle of Apollo on the day of his birth

  • Fact 12: He was usually portrayed wearing a broad brimmed hat worn by traveler or a winged cap which was called a petasus. He also wore winged sandals called talaria.

  • Fact 13: Statues of the god stood at stadiums and gymnasiums throughout Ancient Greece

  • Fact 14: When people died, the Greeks thought that it was Hermes who guided their souls to the Underworld.

  • Fact 15: He was chosen as messenger of the gods not only for his speed but also because of his ability as a good talker, and so would be able to deliver messages well.

  • Fact 16: Pan the god of goatherds and the tribe of goat-footed Panes were companions of Hermes

  • Fact 17: Hermes rescued Io who was a lover of Zeus from the hundred-eyed giant Argos called Panoptes - refer to the Story of Io.

  • Fact 18: He was chosen as messenger of the gods not only for his speed but also because of his ability as a good talker, and so would be able to deliver messages well.
    Pan the god of goatherds and the tribe of goat-footed Panes were companions of Hermes
    Hermes rescued Io who was a lover of Zeus from the hundred-eyed giant Argos called Panoptes.

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