HERMES-Greek God of Herds and Trade, God's Herald (Roman Mercury)*. Protector against thieves and robbers.
MERCURY-Planet closest to the Earth, second only to the Moon in size. Name means "Mercury," after the Greek god. * An ancient Roman deity who became associated with trade and communication.
Why does Hermes bring messages from Mars? Because they are sent through gravity. Messages from Mars will fall on Earth, just like rocks. So, by sending messengers ahead of time, scientists can know when and where it will be arriving at Earth. This is how we know that Mars is ice covered most of the time. Even though it is farther from the Earth than any other planet, Mars never gets closer than 38 million miles during its orbit around the Sun.
What is so special about Jupiter? Well, it is the biggest planet in the solar system. It is also very important because it plays a role in many aspects of our lives. Jupiter affects what animals are available to humans, whether or not there will be rain for crops, and whether or not planets develop life. Also, Jupiter gives strength and courage to those who bear its name.
Mercury, the ancient gods' speedy messenger, Hermes (the Roman Mercury) was the Greek deity of translators and interpreters. He was the wisest of the Olympian gods and functioned as a messenger for all the other gods. He was worshiped as a deity of slumber for transporting the souls of the deceased to the underworld.
Hermes is said to have been born on Maia, one of the Ancient Greek titans's children from Metraeus (or Mitra), one of the oldest humans alive at the time. The other titan who raised him was Eileithyia, who helped him learn how to talk. As a child, he was taught by Apollo and Zeus. When he grew up, he became one of the three chief emissaries between the earth and the sky gods - along with Pan and Dionysus.
As far as myths go, there are many stories about Hermes. However, what they have in common is his role as a messenger for both Earth and Heaven. In some stories, he is shown as a child prodigy who can talk at a very early age. Others say that it took him years to learn how to talk properly. No matter what version you read, they all agree on one thing: Hermes used his skills to communicate with both humans and gods.
In addition to being a messenger god, Hermes also had a role in commerce and technology before the rise of cities.
Mercury (Mercurius) was the Roman god of trade, frequently acting as a mediator between the gods and mankind, his winged feet giving him the advantage of speed, and therefore he was the patron of widespread circulation, of people, products, and messages. He was also considered to be the bringer of knowledge, science, and the arts. Humans imitated many of his behaviors, which is why some consider him equivalent to Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and drama.
Mercury's main temple was located on the Capitoline Hill in Rome. It was built by M. Fulvius Flaccus in about 180 BC and was destroyed by an arsonist sometime after AD 150. Although no remains of the temple are known today, it stood over 30 feet high with evidence of having been decorated with paintings and statues. In addition, it had been constructed using marble from the island of Elephantine in Egypt.
Because of his role as a messenger between humans and the gods, it is not surprising that Mercury was regarded as a skillful liar. His ability to transform himself into different animals enabled him to travel quickly across land and water, so he could reach people with news or messages from Zeus in a short time. This made him important to both gods and humans.
People often used mercury lamps until Thomas Edison invented the electric light in 1879.