Bisotun Hercules, Iran

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Carole Raddato
published on 01 November 2021
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Rock carving in Bisotun (Iran) from the Seleucid era depicting Hercules lying on the back of the lion skin and holding a bowl in his left hand. According to its Greek inscription it was carved in 148 BCE and dedicated to a local Seleucid governor called Kleomenes.

Inscription says: "In year 164, in the month of Panemos, Hyakinthos son of Pantauchos dedicated this statue of Herakles Kallinikos "Glorious in victory" for the safety of Kleomenes, the governor of the Upper Satrapies."

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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