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Hermes is the son of Zeus and Maia He is Zeuss messenger He is the fastest of the gods He wears winged sandals a winged hat and carries a magic wand He is the god of thieves and god of commerce He is the guide for the dead to go to the underworld He invented the lyre the pipes the musical scale astronomy weights and measures boxing gymnastics and the care of olive trees Maia gave birth to Hermes in a cave in Mount Cyllene in Arcadia Some say that Acacus son of the Arcadian king raised Hermes Hermes was born at dawn in the afternoon he played on the lyre and in the evening he went to Pieria a region in Mount Olympus in northern Thessaly and stole the cattle of Apollo while Apollo was distracted because of his love for Hymenaeus Battus who promised not to tell witnessed the stealing of the cattle But not being able to keep his promise he was turned by Hermes into a stone Also there were others who had their shapes transformed by Hermes The Athenian Aglaurus was transformed into a stone and for having offended the gods he transformed Agron into a plover Eumelus into a raven and Alcathoe Arsippe and Leucippe into birds When stealing the cattle and in order not to be detected Hermes put shoes on their feet and brought them to Pylos hiding the rest in a cave He sacrificed two and returned to Cyllene There he found a tortoise and having strung its shell with chords made of the cattle he had sacrificed he produced a lyre and invented a plectrum too The golden wand the Caduceus is a staff of riches and wealth which keeps Hermes safe from all harm
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