According to legend, Hermes is the son of Zeus
and the nymph Maia
. Hermes, the Greek god of heraldry, herd, travel, language, and athletics, is also known as the god of animal husbandry, heralds, birds of omen, thieves & trickery, trade & merchants, language & crafty wiles and the guide of the death. According to some books and web pages, he also played various divine roles such as the God of roads, travelers & hospitality, feasts & banquets, sleep & dreams of Omen, rustic divination, contests, gymnasiums & the games, astronomy & the calendar and last but not the least rustic music, poetry & animal fables. Most importantly, he is the messenger of the gods. Part of his duty is to guide all the souls of the dead down to the psychopomp, which is also known as the Underworld.
Aside from his unbelievable powers, he also left some legacy in real life. According to the tale, he invented boxing and foot-racing. In fact, his statues can be found in every gymnasiums throughout Greece. He has also a statue stood at the entrance of the stadium at Olympia. That was before, I think. I don’t know if his statues can still be found in Greece.
Top 10 Illustrations of Hermes – The God of Heraldry
With the excitement brought by the biography of the Greek God Hermes
, I was wondering what was his looks and his armors or weapons. Does he looks like Zeus
? What about Poseidon
? We never knew since it was long ago. But with the help of these illustrations, we will have a chance to visualize his physical appearance.
Today’s post is a continuation of our series entitled “Olympian Gods and Goddesses of Greek Mythology” that will try to collect the best illustrations, images and/or photo manipulated images of the twelve Gods and Goddesses. Our featured God for today is God Hermes, the god of heraldry.
1. Hermes by: TaekwondoNJ
2. Myth: Portrait of Hermes by: zelda994612
3. Hermes by: Neffo
4. Hermes by: Neffo
5. Myth Character: Hermes by: zelda994612
6. Hermes by: Kukki-chan
7. Hermes by: Lagro-Ross
8. Greek God Hermes by: Alayna
9. Hermes by: CrystallizedTwilight
10. Olympus Hermes by: P-oty