Mythology Monday is hosted by The Reading Rose and where each week we post facts/stories about a different aspect of mythology that sticks to the weeks theme.
This week the theme is Roman Gods
I chose Mercury the god of trade, merchants, thieves and travelers.
Title: Messenger of the gods
Greek name: Hermes
Day of the Week: Wednesday
Solar system: planet Mercury
Relations: Son of Jupiter
Son of Maia
Mercury was the god of travellers. He had a winged hat and sandals, so he could fly. He carried a staff which also has wings and two snakes winding round it.
He was also the god of thieves. When he was only a few days old, he stole the cows of Apollo. Mercury made special shoes for the cows and made them walk backwards, so no-one could follow their tracks. Eventually Apollo noticed that Mercury was playing a new musical instrument called a lyre, strung with cow-gut and worked out that Mercury had stolen his cows. Apollo was furious with Mercury, but thought the lyre was wonderful. So they agreed that Mercury could keep the cows and Apollo would get the lyre.
Mercury was also the god of science and business.