Mercury the Oratore
Homeric Hymn 4 to Hermes 528 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th to 4th B.C.)
“Apollon sware also [to Hermes] : ‘Verily I will make you only to be an omen for the immortals and all alike, trusted and honoured by my heart. Moreover, I will give you a splendid staff of riches and wealth: it is of gold, with three branches, and will keep you scatheless, accomplishing every task, whether of words or deeds that are good, which I claim to know through the utterance of Zeus.’”
Rome National Museum
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