Mercury (mythology) facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsMercury
|God of financial gain, commerce, eloquence, messages, communication, travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery, merchants, thieves|
Mercurius by Artus Quellinus the Elder
|Symbol||Caduceus, winged sandals, winged hat, tortoise, ram and rooster|
|Parents||Maia and Jupiter or Caelus and Dies (Cicero and Hyginus)|
He is the god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence, messages, communication (including divination), travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves; he also serves as the guide of souls to the underworld.
He is often depicted holding the caduceus in his left hand. Similar to his Greek equivalent Hermes, he was awarded a magic wand by Apollo, which later turned into the caduceus, the staff with intertwined snakes.
Images for kids
Mercury as the winged messenger on a 1949 St. Lucia stamp issued in connection with the Universal Postal Union
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