Hermes is a god of transitions and boundaries. He is quick and cunning, and moves freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine, as emissary and messenger of the gods, intercessor between mortals and the divine, and conductor of souls into the afterlife. He is protector and patron of travelers, herdsmen, thieves, orators and wit, literature and poets, athletics and sports, invention and trade. In some myths he is a trickster, and outwits other gods for his own satisfaction or the sake of humankind. Hermes is identified with the Roman god, Mercury.
Silver tetradrachm coins of ancient Greece depicted the owl of Athena with an inscription "ΑΘΕ", an abbreviation of ΑΘΗΝΑΙΟΝ, which may be translated as "of the Athenians". Also in the coin designs were an olive branch, another symbol of Athena. The laurel crown is another Greek symbol. In ancient Greece laurel wreath were awarded to victors, both in athletic competitions and in poetic meets. It is a modern symbol of Hellenic neopaganism and Hellenic reconstructionism.