Romans associated Mercury with the , by ; 1st-century Roman writer identifies him as the chief god of the Germanic peoples.
The senate and the consuls, in particular the conservative Appius, were outraged at this decision, and it inflamed the ongoing situation.
He is often depicted holding the in his left hand.
Since Mercury is the fastest planet and has the shortest distance to travel around the Sun, it has the shortest year of all the planets in our solar system — 88 days.
In , he was considered to be either the son of , one of the of the , and , or of and.
In the past, mercurous chloride was widely used in medicinal products, including laxatives, worming medications, and teething powders.