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The idea of gods and goddesses began as far back as the ancient Egyptians but the ancient Greeks were the first group to form a religion based on gods and goddesses They believed that the gods and goddesses were not different from humans Some of the few ways humans were different from gods were that the gods were stronger and lived forever Since the Greeks believe in many gods they are Polytheists The gods and goddesses were thought to control different parts of the universe For example Zeus is the king of the gods controlled weather Or like Athena who was the goddess of wisdom You learn about different gods and goddesses in myths A myth is a story about a god or goddess Homer a blind poet is famous for telling myths He told myths because no one could read or write Hermes Latin name Mercury is the messenger of the gods He is the fastest of all the gods and goddesses He is the son of Zeus and Maia He is a guide who knew the way to the underworld So he would show the dead souls the way to the underworld Hermes is also known as the patron of traders merchants thieves and everyone who lived by their wits Some characteristics of Hermes include his ingenuity knowledge creativity and is known to be very cunning He is also quite good at gymnastics Hermes is an incredibly clever god He found a tortoise outside of his cave and displayed his godly talent by placing strings over the shell inventing the first lyre As a child he was very precious even for a god But he caused a great deal of trouble But one day he went too far and learned a very important lesson Hermes is a master thief He started his career as a thief before he was more than a few hours old It was his intelligence and theft abilities in
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