Talaria (Latin: tālāria; Ancient Greek: πτηνοπέδῑλος, ptēnopédilos or πτερόεντα πέδιλα, pteróenta pédila) are winged sandals, a symbol of the Greek messenger god Hermes (Roman equivalent Mercury). They were said to be made by the god Hephaestus of imperishable gold and they flew the god as swift as any bird. The name is from the Latin tālāria, neuter plural of tālāris, "of the ankle".

A 19th-century engraving of talaria.
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One of the oldest known representations:[1] Perseus, wearing the talaria and carrying the kibisis over his shoulder, turns his head to kill Medusa on this Orientalizing relief pithos, c. 660 BCE, Louvre.


The talaria are mentioned in Homer, who describes them as ἀμβρόσια χρύσεια (ambrósia khrýseia, "immortal/divine and of gold").[2] However, he does not mention wings; those first appear in the Shield of Heracles, which speaks of πτερόεντα πέδιλα (pteróenta pédila), literally "winged sandals."[3] Later authors repeat this characteristic, for instance in the Orphic Hymns XXVIII (to Hermes).[4]

Perseus wears them to help him slay Medusa.[5] According to Aeschylus, Hermes gives them to him directly.[6] In a better-attested version, Perseus must retrieve them from the Graeae, along with the cap of invisibility and the kibisis (sack).[7] However, Perseus sees poorly because Hermes does not have his own sandals, nor Hades his own helmet.[8]

In popular culture

In Rick Riordan's fantasy-adventure novel The Lightning Thief, the Talaria is in the form of sneakers instead of sandals. To activate them the wearer must say "Maia". They are used by Grover Underwood.[9]

In God of War III, Kratos forcibly takes the Boots of Hermes off the Messenger God's feet by cutting his legs off.

See also


  1. ^ Gantz, 541.
  2. ^ Homer, Odyssey, V, 44.
  3. ^ Pseudo-Hesiod, Shield of Heracles, 220.
  4. ^ I, 583 and II, 730.
  5. ^ Gaius Julius Hyginus, Fables (LXIV) and Nonnus, Dionysiaca, (XIV, 270).
  6. ^ Aeschylus, The Phorkides, fr. 262 iv, v Radt.
  7. ^ Pherecydes of Leros, 3F11 Fragmente der griechischen Historiker, and the Bibliotheca (Pseudo-Apollodorus), II, 4, 2.
  8. ^ Gantz, 542.
  9. ^ Riordan, Rick (July 1, 2005). The Lightning Thief. United States Of America: Puffin Books Disney-Hyperion. ISBN 0-7868-5629-7.


  • Timothy Gantz, Mythes de la Grèce archaïque, Belin, 2004, p. 541-543.

External links

  • Media related to Talaria at Wikimedia Commons

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Cordulegaster algerica Morton, 1916

Cordulegaster annandalei (Fraser, 1923)

Cordulegaster bidentata Selys, 1843 – sombre goldenring

Cordulegaster bilineata (Carle, 1983) – brown spiketail

Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807) – golden-ringed dragonfly, common goldenring

Cordulegaster brevistigma Selys, 1854

Cordulegaster diadema Selys, 1868 – Apache spiketail

Cordulegaster diastatops (Selys, 1854) – delta-spotted spiketail

Cordulegaster dorsalis Hagen in Selys, 1858 – Pacific spiketail

Cordulegaster erronea Selys, 1878 – tiger spiketail

Cordulegaster godmani McLachlan, 1878

Cordulegaster heros Theischinger, 1979 – balkan goldenring

Cordulegaster jinensis Zhu & Han, 1992

Cordulegaster maculata Selys, 1854 – twin-spotted spiketail

Cordulegaster magnifica Bartenev, 1930

Cordulegaster mzymtae Bartenev, 1929

Cordulegaster obliqua (Say, 1840) – arrowhead spiketail

Cordulegaster orientalis van Pelt, 1994

Cordulegaster parvistigma (Selys, 1873)

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Cordulegaster princeps Morton, 1916

Cordulegaster sarracenia Abbott & Hibbitts, 2011

Cordulegaster sayi Selys, 1854 – Say's spiketail

Cordulegaster talaria Tennessen, 2004 – Ouachita spiketail

Cordulegaster trinacriae Waterston, 1976 – Italian goldenring

Cordulegaster vanbrinkae Lohmann, 1993


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Talaria was the brand name of a large-venue video projector from General Electric introduced in 1983.

Light from a Xenon arc lamp was modulated by a light valve consisting of a rotating glass disc that was continuously re-coated with a viscous oil. An electron beam similar to the one in a cathode ray tube traced a raster on the surface of the coated glass, deforming the surface of the oil. Where the oil was undisturbed, the light would be reflected into a light trap. The raster traced into the oil formed a diffraction grating.

The basic unit was monochrome (PJ7000 line). Color display is accomplished in one of two ways:

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