Head of Hermes. Statue of the 2nd century A.D. from Turkey.
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Hermes was the messenger-god of
Zeus, and was the god of
games, of business, and of story telling. He was the offspring
of the god Zeus and the goddess Maia.
Maia herself was the daughter of the titan Atlas. Hermes was known to the Romans as the god Mercury.
Hermes always played tricks on other gods. He once stole Apollo's cattle by making them walk backwards.
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