Although commonly known as the god of luck, Hermes is also the guide who brings souls down to the Underworld. Prayed to by both Orestes,/span> and Electra, he is, in this context, a symbol both of divine power and of death. The siblings’ appeal to him emphasizes their obsession with their dead father, and their need to avenge him.
The timeline below shows where the character Hermes appears in The Libation Bearers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.