Mercury (mythology)

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A sculpture of Mercury

Mercury (LatinMercurius) is the god of trade, commerce, financial gain, messages/communication, travelers and boundaries, trickery, merchants and thieves in Ancient Roman religion and myth. Son of Jupiter and Maia, Mercury was a major god in Roman state religion, being a member of the Dii Consentes, the principal group of ancient Roman deities. The Roman counterpart to Hermes, the god is depicted as holding a caduceus in his left hand. The planet Mercury and the chemical Mercury are named after him.

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