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Zeus’ four most important sons Dionysos Ares Hermes Apollo. In early depictions, Hermes was already the god of shepherds (here depicted holding a sheep) but he was also (in contrast to his presentation in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes ) bearded, a grown man, and not a baby.

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Zeus’ four most important sons

Dionysos Ares Hermes Apollo

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In early depictions, Hermes was already the god of shepherds (here depicted holding a sheep) but he was also (in contrast to his presentation in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes) bearded, a grown man, and not a baby.
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As god of boundaries, Hermes was featured as a “herm”: a pillar topped with his bearded head and equipped with an apotropaic, erect phallus.
even as psychopompos he who leads souls to the underworld hermes is depicted as bearded
Even as “psychopompos” (he who leads souls to the underworld), Hermes is depicted as bearded