For the British ship, see HMS Hermes

Religion: Ancient Greece pantheon
God of: Messenger of the gods

God of commerce, thieves, travelers, sports, athletes, and border crossings, fish, guide to the Underworld

Parents: Zeus and Maia
Children: Pan, Priapus, Autolycus, Hermaphroditus, numerous others
Turtledove Appearances:
"Miss Manners' Guide to Greek Missology #1"

Type of Appearance: Direct
"Must and Shall"
POD: July 12, 1864
Type of Appearance: Portrait on a coin
"The Daimon"
POD: 415 BCE
Type of Appearance: Referenced
The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump
POD: Prehistory
Type of Appearance: Referenced
In Ancient Greek mythology, Hermes, son of Zeus and Maia, was the Olympian god of boundaries and of the travelers who cross them, of shepherds and cowherds, of orators and wit, of literature and poets, of athletics, of weights and measures, of invention, of commerce in general, and of the cunning of thieves and liars.

The Romans conflated Hermes with their messenger god Mercury.

Between 1916 and 1945, the United States minted the Winged Liberty Head Dime. This coin featured a female character who was frequently mistaken for the boy-child Hermes, and thus came to be known as the Mercury dime.

Hermes in "Miss Manners' Guide to Greek Missology"Edit

Hermes let Andromeda wear his winged shoes on her divine mission to vanquish the Gorgons.

Hermes in "Must and Shall"Edit

Mercury's face appeared on the United States dime in the early 1940s. This politically neutral image made the coin acceptable to white residents of the ex-Confederate states, who famously boycotted the Lincoln half-dollar.[1]

Hermes in "The Daimon"Edit

Sokrates said a small prayer to Hermes just before he left with Alkibiades' expedition to Sicily.[2]

Hermes in The Case of the Toxic Spell DumpEdit

Hermes was saved from extinction by being made the patron god of hermetically sealed doors, which were guarded by spirits called Herms.


  1. Counting Up, Counting Down, p. 61.
  2. See e.g.: Atlantis and Other Places, pgs. 146-147, HC.

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