Mercury is one of the Dii Consentes within the Roman pantheon. He is the patron god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence (and thus poetry), messages/communication (including divination), travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves; he is also the guide of souls to the underworld. He is the son of Maia and Jupiter.
Mercury appears wearing winged shoes (talaria) and a winged hat (petasos), and carrying the caduceus, a herald’s staff with two entwined snakes that was Apollo‘s gift to Mercury. He is often accompanied by a cockerel, herald of the new day, a ram or goat, symbolizing fertility, and a tortoise, referring to Mercury’s legendary invention of the lyre from a tortoise shell.
Mercury is a god of messages, eloquence and of trade, particularly of the grain trade. Mercury is also considered a god of abundance and commercial success, particularly in Gaul, where he is particularly revered. He is, like Hermes, the Romans’ psychopomp, leading newly deceased souls to the afterlife.
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