2004 Greek Olympics
Hermes Trismegistus Hermes Trismegistus (Greek: Ἑρμῆς ὁ Τρισμέγιστος, "thrice-great Hermes"; Latin: Mercurius ter Maximus) is the representation of the syncretic combination of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth. In Hellenistic Egypt, the Greeks recognised the congruence of their god Hermes with the Egyptian god Thoth. Subsequently the two gods were worshipped as one in what had been the Temple of Thoth in Khemnu, which the Greeks called Hermopolis.
Both Thoth and Hermes were gods of writing and of magic in their respective cultures. Thus, the Greek god of interpretive communication was combined with the Egyptian god of wisdom as a patron of astrology and alchemy. In addition, both gods were psychopomps; guiding souls to the afterlife. And there is also a connection with the Egyptian Priest and Polymath Imhotep
Photo: A performer with a horse and spears enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Friday Aug. 13, 2004. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)
Photo: A performer re-enacts a snake-tamer in scenes of ancient Greece during opening ceremonies in the Olympic Stadium in Athens Friday, August 13, 2004. (AP Photo/Paul Chiasson)
Photo: A performer dressed as a Centaur stands in water representing the sea during the opening ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games August 13, 2004. A spectacular opening ceremony launched the Athens Olympics on Friday, lifting spirits in the Games' ancient birthplace after the host nation was rocked by a drugs drama involving its two top sprinters. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
A Greek special forces soldier takes part in an Olympic security exercise at the islet of Nea Platia near Athens as the sun sets, late Wednesday, June 30, 2004. Massive Olympic security measures came into effect on Thursday, July 1. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)