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Kerykeion is the greek name for the Caduceus, or Wand of Hermes. In later Antiquity the Caduceus was an astrological symbol of commerce and in Roman iconography was often depicted being carried in the left hand of Greek god Hermes, the messenger for the gods, conductor of the dead and protector of merchants and thieves.
In the story of Hermes, the Greek god who was charged with the task of messenger of the Gods, Hermes, during his infancy, set out to venture into the world. He came across a turtle, killed it, and hollowed out the shell. He made a lyre by stringing several cattle sinews hide through it. Apollo then came to Hermes, demanding compensation for a herd of cattle he stole from him a day earlier, not to mention two he had slaughtered and eaten. Hermes, fearing the gods' judgment, took Apollo to where he had hidden his cattle. After the matter was resolved, he took his lyre and started to play it. Apollo, though God of music and master of the winded instruments, was fascinated by this new invention. He offered to forgo the two missing cattle if Hermes would give him the lyre, but he refused at first. He then offered Caduceus to Hermes. To demonstrate its power, he found two snakes that were locked in combat, hissing and biting each other violently. He thrust it between them, and they immediately became docile, coiling themselves around the staff. It is because of this that Caduceus is seen bearing two snakes upon its ornamented end.