In Homer’s time, the kēryx were a profession of trusted attendants or retainers of a chieftain. The role of kērykes expanded, however, to include acting as inviolable messengers between states, even in time of war, proclaiming meetings of the council, popular assembly, or court of law, reciting there the formulas of prayer, and summoning persons to attend. Hermes, himself the kēryx of the gods, was their patron and carried the caduceus, the herald’s staff.
- Scholia to Homer's Iliad, I 334
- Pausanias, Guide to Greece 1.38.3
- Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2012. Web. 13 Jun. 2012 <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/315587/keryx>
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