Nuclear Calcium Transients: Hermes Propylaios in the Heart
"...O cunning guide, son of Maia, I fear that you might steal my lyre and my curved bow. For you hold the office from Zeus to establish deeds of exchange among men throughout the fertile earth. But if you would suffer to swear the great oath of the gods for me, either by nodding your head or by the mighty water of the Styx, you would accomplish everything pleasing to my own heart..." (Homeric Hymnes)
In Greek Mythology, Hermes (Greek: Ἑρμῆς), son of Zeus and the pleiad Maia, was perhaps the most complex deity of transitions and boundaries, contemporarily simplified as messenger god that moved freely between the higher worlds at Olympus, our world with human mortals and the grim underworld of the deceased. As second youngest of the Olympian gods and symbolizing Hermes' function as divine messenger, he is often sculptured as a youngster with winged sandals, winged cap, and holding his symbolic herald's staff, the Greek kerykeion, consisting of two snakes wrapped around a winged staff. Hermes received multiple epithets including Propylaios, freely translated as "at the gateway", reflecting a deeper philosophical significance of Hermes.
- Received May 23, 2014.
- Revision received June 11, 2014.
- Accepted June 11, 2014.