Mercury is well remembered in the Roman mythology as the messenger of the gods and goddesses. He is the equivalent of the Greek’s Hermes.
Here are some quick and interesting facts about Mercury.
1.) The Latin form of Mercury is Mercurius. He is also the god of trade or commerce.
2.) Mercury is the son of the chief god Jupiter and Maia, one of the Pleiades.
3.) The planet mercury and the element mercury were named after him.
4.) Mercury is also the god of guide of the dead and protector of merchants, shepherds, gamblers, liars and thieves.
5.) He is often seen holding a caduceus in his left hand, his most notable symbol which is associated with commerce.
6.) In addition, Mercury is also the god of abundance and commerce success.
7.) Like Hermes, Mercury also wears winged shoes talaria and a winged petasos aside from carrying the caduceus.
8.) The two snakes entwined on Mercury’s caduceus was Apollo’s gift to Mercury.
9.) Mercury was often accompanied by a cockerel, herald of the new day, a ram or goat, symbolizing fertility, and a tortoise.
10.) The tortoise that is associated to him is referred to his legendary invention of the lyre from a tortoise shell.
11.) A temple was built for Mercury in the Circus Maximus. It is located between the Aventine and Palatine and was built in 495 BCE.
12.) A Roman celebration known as Mercuralia or the “Festival of Mercury” is celebrated every May 15 where merchants would sprinkle their heads, their ships and merchandise, and their businesses with water taken from the well at Porta Capena.
13.) According to Julius Caesar, Mercury being the most popular god in Britain and Gaul.
14.) Cloris is a nymph whom Mercury admired and the reason why he stole Vulcan’s net in order to capture her.
15.) One of the largest chains of drugstore in the Philippines is named “Mercury”.