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HERMES

Known for good luck and wealth, this god was the son of Zeus and kid half-brother of Apollo. (Due to current laws and regulations, he's shown here wearing a fig leaf; in the past of course he was depicted everywhere sans the Biblical modesty.) With wings on his cap and shoes, a gold caduceus, his chore was to run goods for his dad. This dude (unofficially?) inspired the symbol at Nike. He's credited for inventing the lyre, for giving it to Apollo as a peace offering. A trickster, a petty thief, Hermes is also the deity of the athletes.

 

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