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Department
Classics
Course
CLAS 203
Professor
Margaret Palczynski
Semester
Fall

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CLAS203 Lecture 12 Notes Hermes:  Other name is Mercury (to the Romans)  Often depicted in art by his pointed traveller hat, herald staff with intertwining snakes and his winged boots  Herma: stone heap marker  Herald and messenger of the gods  Is constantly moving; in constant motion  Protector of: o Travellers o Those living in the wilderness (Arcadia) o Shepherds and flocks o Merchants and thieves (Lat. Merx) o Heralds  Psychompompos: ‘soul guide’ (Hermes’ job to guide the human souls to the river that divides the upper world to lower world)  Argeiphontes: ‘slayer of Argus’  Divine trickster  Symbols: o Petasus (traveller’s hat) o Caduceus (herald’s wand)
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