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I. Greek (soldier saint) Greek (soldier saint), I

(Μερκούριος; Merkoúrios). Widely attested but legendary figure - a soldier saint who according to Soz. 6,2,3ff. is said to have killed Emperor Iulianus [11] at God's behest by spearing him.


H. Ch. Brennecke, Studien zur Geschichte der Homöer, 1988, 96f.

II. Roman (the god Mercury) Roman (the god Mercury), II

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A. Origin and functions

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Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) and Phillips, C. Robert III. (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania), “Mercurius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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