, the Lat. Mercurius
, son of Maia and Zeus; messenger of the gods (διάκτορος
); giver of good luck (ἐριούνιος, ἀκάκητα
); god of all secret dealings, cunning, and stratagem (δόλιος
); bearing a golden rod (χρυσόρραπις
); conductor of defunct spirits (ψυχοπομπός, πομπαῖος
); tutelary god of all arts, of traffic, markets, roads (ἀγοραῖος, ἐμπολαῖος, ὅδιος, ἐνόδιος
), and of heralds. His bust, mounted on a four-cornered pillar, was used to mark boundaries. —Proverb., κοινὸς Ἑρμῆς shares in your luck! Theophr.
: cf. ἕρμαιον.