Roman Torso of Hercules

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 31 October 2017
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This torso of Heracles was made in Rome around the 2nd century CE of the finest marble. Heracles' nude figure displays the dazzling truth of a body in the flower of youth and timeless beauty. By contrast with the beauty of the female draped body, Greek men showcased thier perfection through their nudity. (Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Madrid)

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About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of World History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, J. B. (2017, October 31). Roman Torso of Hercules. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/7511/roman-torso-of-hercules/

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Wiener, James Blake. "Roman Torso of Hercules." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified October 31, 2017. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/7511/roman-torso-of-hercules/.

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Wiener, James Blake. "Roman Torso of Hercules." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 31 Oct 2017. Web. 17 Oct 2021.