According to some myths , Hermes wasn’t only a messenger of the gods, but also the inventor of speech. As such, he is often associated with oratory or interpretation.

In Greece, an interpreter was called hermeneus , and today the science of interpretation is known as hermeneutics.

Hermes was the only Olympian capable of crossing the boundary between the living and the dead and carrying the souls of the dead in Hades.
In time, he came to be known as “the conductor” or “the leader of souls.”


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