Painting of 1570 by Diego Velazquez entitled "Mercury and Argos."
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courtesy of the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain.
Mercury was the messenger-god of
Jupiter, and was the god of
games, of business, and of story telling. He was the offspring
of the god Jupiter and Maia. Maia herself was one of the Pleiades
who were the
daughters of the titan Atlas. Mercury was identified with the Greek god Hermes.
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