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Why Hermes?

Our company is named after the Greek god Hermes (Mercury for the Romans), whose main work involved being the herald and messenger of the gods. Hermes was also responsible for many other things: he was considered the god of science, eloquence, shrewdness, trade and interpreting. These are all attributes that could apply to translators, especially the last one.

The name Hermes reminds us of the word hermeneutics, which is of Greek origin and means ‘the art of interpreting texts to determine their true meaning, especially sacred texts’.

Finally, another reason for choosing the name Hermes is that this was the name of an Egyptian philosopher who supposedly lived in the 20th century BC. The invention of various sciences are attributed to him, as well as many books, including secret works on magic, astrology and alchemy. The word hermeticism is derived from the name of this wise man.

For all these reasons, we believed that Hermes was a sufficiently symbolic name for our activity, also reminding us of Greece, the birthplace of our Western civilisation.

Bust of Hermes. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.