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Who was Hermes?

Zeus was very fond of his youngest son, Hermes. He wanted to give Hermes a job that would assure his place in the world of the gods. Hermes had so many virtues. He was handsome, and fun, and bright, and he had great ideas. He was a natural athlete. He seemed to be able to talk anyone into anything! The best thing about Hermes, in Zeus' opinion, was the Hermes was able to keep a secret. You could trust Hermes. After thinking it over, Zeus decided to make Hermes the messenger of the gods. That would put Hermes in the midst of everything that was going on, and would insure that Hermes would be important. And it worked. Many a Greek myth includes at least a mention of Hermes. He was that important.

But Hermes did more than carry messages. He had a knack for solving problems. As he grew older, he became the best deal maker in the ancient Greek god world. He truly could talk the gods into just about anything, mostly because they knew Hermes had a good heart, that he wanted the best for everyone involved, and that he could be trusted to keep a secret. Hermes was a powerful and popular god. He was one of the 12 Olympians, the gods who ruled the magical world.

Hermes & Apollo (cartoon powerpoint)

Hermes and Pan