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Hermes

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Roman Name: Mercury

Pronunciation: HUR meez

Job: The Messenger and the God of Commerce, Wrestling, Gymnastics, thieving, good luck, wealth, sleep and dreams.
Symbol: Kerykeion, winged boots, and a petassos.
Birth: Son of Zeus and Maia. Maia gave birth to Hermes the day after sleeping with Zeus.
Marriage: Never married.
Children: Pan with Dryope, Hermaphroditus, a half-man, half-woman deity with Aphrodite; and Abderus.

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Interesting Stories about Hermes:
 
The night after Hermes was born he ran to Thessaly. This is where Apollo grazed his cattle. Hermes stole some cows and brought them to Greece. He hid them in a small cave. Before returning to his mother, he caught a turtle and killed it. Using the intestines from a cow stolen from Apollo and the hollow tortoise shell, he made the first lyre. When he reached his mother, he got back into his blankets. When Apollo realized he had been robbed he yelled to Maia that it had been Hermes who had taken his cattle. Maia looked to Hermes and said it could not be, as he is still wrapped in his blanket. Zeus  he had been watching and said Hermes should return the cattle to Apollo. As the argument went on, Hermes began to play his lyre. The sweet music enchanted Apollo, and he offered Hermes to keep the cattle in exchange for the lyre. Apollo later became the grand master of the instrument, and it also became one of his symbols.

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