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(Ἑρμῆς [Hermês], Latin Mercurius)

A. Antiquity

A.1. Basis of the myth in cult and literature

H., usually said to be the son of Zeus and the Arcadian mountain-nymph Maia, is a mythical figure with an extraordinarily broad repertoire of roles (cf. in general on the ancient figure of H. [5], [22], [29]; summary of names and the many interpretations [29.444f.]). He was originally a primaeval god, attested in the Mycenaean period, native to Arcadia and worshipped thro…

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Huss, Bernhard, “Hermes”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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