Roman - The Latin name for the wand of Mercury (Hermes). This symbol is in the form of a rod with wings and entwined serpents and has the power of reconciliation. The serpents were originally white ribbons. The wand was given to Hermes by Apollo in exchange for the sevenstringed lyre that the youth had made from the shell of a tortoise. Other versions make a distinction between the caduceus used as a herald's staff and the magic wand with wings, serpents, etc. Occasionally known as caduceus, kerykeion, kerykeion, Roman caduceus, Greek kerykeion, Greek kerykeion, aurea virga, aurea virga or virga medicinus.

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