- Hermes

Hermes, son of Zeus and Maia (the eldest of the Seven Pleiades) is the messenger and herald of the gods; the divinity of commerce, cunning, theft, eloquence, travellers, and rascals.

He is represented as wearing winged cap and sandals. It shows the lightness, the grace, and the swiftness of that god on his race. By day, by night, Hermes is continuously keenly alert, vigilant and careful to fulfil the gods?needs. In brief he is the busiest of all. He also carries a caduceus, which is a staff entwined with two serpents and bearing a pair of wings at the top. By means of it, he conducts the dead to the underworld. Inventor of the lyre and to the writing he is Zeus?s favourite.

Hermes is told to be the father of the god Pan with Penelope and with the others he had: Acacallis, Antianire, Daphnis (a shepherd who is regarded as the inventor of the pastoral poetry), Eupolemie, and the Lares, the household gods.

© Elsa Dax - Les Chemins de l'Image - 1999