A squared stone pillar with a carved head on top (typically of Hermes), used in ancient Greece as a boundary marker or a signpost.
More example sentences
- Because herms were boundary markers, they could be used on tombs to signal the terminus of life, or, in Giulio Romano's I modi, they could form an enclosure around a couple making love.
- Shapiro has outlined the way in which Hipparchos's herms, ‘a bearded head of Hermes atop a square pillar with erect phallus,’ appeared in Attica in 521-514.
- Hipparchos patronized performers like Anakreon and Simonides, embellished the herms he set up throughout Attica with gnomic sayings, and added Homeric recitals to the Panathenaia.
Definition of herm in:
- The US English dictionary