This page cannot be viewed in frames

Go to page

If you have found a spelling error, please, notify us by selecting that text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.


(15 May)

This post is also available in: Polish (polski)

Fresco showing the god Mercury in the center
Fresco showing the god Mercury in the center

Mercuralia was a Roman festival in honour of the god Mercury (Mercurius). They were celebrated on May 15 in Ides of May.

This day was considered the date of birth of Mercury – the patron of merchants and thieves. On that day, merchants sprinkled their heads and their goods with water from the holy source of Mercury (Aqua Mercuria) near Porta Capena to ensure prosperity for themselves and their interests.

  • Jaczynowska Maria, Religie świata rzymskiego, Warszawa 1987
  • Zieliński Tadeusz, Religia Rzeczypospolitej Rzymskiej

IMPERIUM ROMANUM needs your support!

If you like the content that I collect on the website and that I share on social media channels I will be grateful for the support. Even the smallest amounts will allow me to pay for further corrections, improvements on the site and pay the server.



Find out more!

Check your curiosity and learn something new about the ancient world of the Romans. By clicking on the link below, you will be redirected to a random entry.

Random curiosity

Random curiosity

Discover secrets of ancient Rome!

If you want to be up to date with newest articles on website and discoveries from the world of ancient Rome, subscribe to the newsletter, which is sent each Saturday.

Subscribe to newsletter!

Subscribe to newsletter

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: