Come fly with me, we'll fly, we'll fly away 🎙
Looking at Flying Mercury by Giambologna--bronze (1580)
From Greek mythology, he is known as Hermes, and from Roman, he is called Mercury. A guide to the underworld, a messenger for the Gods, a patron for travelers, merchants, and even athletes and outlaws, Mercury, son of Jupiter (Zeus), was and continues to be an important figure in Ancient Greek and Roman teachings. Giambologna’s most revered work portrays Mercury in action, ready to take flight with the help of Zephyr, God of the West Wind. Similar to superhero gadgets, he has with him three tools to assist in his duties--the first, the golden Talaria or winged sandals, the second, the Petasos or winged cap, and third, and most important, the Caduceus, a staff interlaced with two serpents which is also, as expected, winged.
Today, we are familiar with the caduceus as it is commonly used in logos by commercial and federal health organizations (often confused with the Rod of Asclepius, which possesses a single serpent only), such as Medicaid and the US Army Medical Corps. And interestingly enough, the history of this symbol, though most notably associated with Hermes in Greek mythology, actually goes further back in time to Sumerian mythology, around 3000 BC. While there are many conflicting ideals on the history and use of the Caduceus, it is one of many symbols that has found new meaning among new generations throughout time.