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Hercules
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Hercules

Hercules (Herakles) was a hero of Greek mythology famous for his great strength and endurance. Celebrated as an extraordinary mortal, his success in seemingly impossible labours won him an immortal place amongst the gods. As the greatest...
Hercules
Imageby Coyau

Hercules

Statue of Hercules, Parc de Versailles, by Louis Leconte (19th century CE)
Hercules
Imageby Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Hercules

Roman copy of an original by the Greek sculptor Lysippos of about 325-300 BCE. Restored and set into a modern bust by the English sculptor Joseph Nollekens. Said to have been found at the foot of Mount Vesuvius and presented to the British...
The Life of Hercules in Myth & Legend
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

The Life of Hercules in Myth & Legend

Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek hero Herakles, the most popular figure from ancient Greek mythology. Hercules was the son of Zeus, king of the gods, and the mortal woman Alcmene. Zeus, who was always chasing one woman or another...
Megara (Wife of Hercules)
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Megara (Wife of Hercules)

Megara was the first wife of the Greek hero Herakles (better known as Hercules). She was the daughter of King Creon of Thebes who gave her in marriage to Hercules in gratitude for his help in winning back Creon's kingdom from the Minyans...
Deianira
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Deianira

Deianira was the second wife of the Greek hero and demi-god Herakles (better known as Hercules, son of the god Zeus and the mortal woman Alcmene). She was the daughter of King Oeneus and Queen Althaea of Calydon. During the time of Hercules'...
Hercules and Alcestis: Personal Excellence & Social Duty
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Hercules and Alcestis: Personal Excellence & Social Duty

For the ancient Greeks, the quality of arete (personal excellence) and the concept of eusebia (social duty) were most important. Aristotle discusses both of these at length in his Nichomachean Ethics and relates arete to eudaimonia - translated...
Hercules
3D Imageby Geoffrey Marchal

Hercules

Hercules from Hadrian's villa in Tivoli Skopas. Greek, mid 4th century BCE, Rome copy, Malibu, J.p. Getty Museum. The Royal Cast Collection (Copenhagen, Denmark). Made with Memento Beta (now ReMake) from AutoDesk. Herakles, born Alcaeus...
Hercules
3D Imageby Geoffrey Marchal

Hercules

The Hero Hercules, Greek, marble.Nye Carlsberg Glyptotek (Copenhagen, Denmark). Made with Memento Beta (now ReMake) from Autodesk.
Alcestis
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Alcestis

Alcestis was the mythical queen of Thessaly, wife of King Admetus, who came to personify the devoted, selfless, woman and wife in ancient Greece. While the story of Admetus' courtship of Alcestis was widely told, she is best known for her...