Hermes – Winged Messenger of Greece

In ancient Greece, Thebes was nicknamed The City of Thieves, being home to the shady characters of the ancient world. Many heroes went to the city hoping to make a name for themselves. It’s no surprise that many of the town believed in a god that was the trickster and messenger of the gods named Hermes. This winged shoe God was prayed to by travelers and by those that considered themselves to be thieves.

Hermes is the winged messenger of the Greek gods, usually wearing a winged hat and winged shoes. Many consider him to be the God of Thieves, trade, communication, messengers, boundaries, conductor of dreams, patron of travelers and wonders; guides souls to the Underworld, and trickster.

Hermes Greek God

Hermes Greek God


Hermes Greek God

Among the Greek gods, his role was to deliver messages and other forms of communication to the mortals. His job was to guide the mortals in life and after death. Even in the Dream World, Hermes conducts the dreams seen by mortals.

Symbolism of Hermes

The two symbols that are connected to Hermes are his winged sandals and his wand. The wand is of two snakes intertwined and allows Hermes to wake mortals or put them to sleep. The two snakes seen to represent his wand, is now used as a symbol for medicine.

Hermes Greek God

Hermes Greek God


Hermes was the interpreter of the Greek gods and many claimed he is the symbol for all types of communication. His shoes are what allowed him to travel quickly between the two worlds, which was a gift given to him from his mother, who was the daughter of the titan Atlas

The Myth of Hermes Hermes was the one who created a lyre and offered it to the sun god Apollo after being caught stealing Apollo’s sheep. He ventured to the Underworld to retrieve Persephone and return her to Demeter. In the tales about heroes, Hermes is often mentioned either by giving guidance to the hero or handing out warnings to the gods about interacting with mortals.

Hermes Greek God

Hermes Greek God


Many misjudge Hermes seeing him as an errand boy for mortals and the other gods. However, there is more to him than his appearance. Hermes is the god that represents the wandering soul. To the lonely traveler, you always hope to have someone looking over their shoulder; a protector from the unknown forces in the world.

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