HERAKLES

EMMA STAFFORD
336pp 25 ILLUS 2012 LIST PRICE: £23.99 (P) G353

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There is more material available on Herakles/Hercules than any other Greek god or hero. His story has so many more episodes concerning his life and death as well as his battles with monsters and other opponents. In literature, he appears in our earliest Greek epic and lyric poetry and is reinvented for the tragic and comic stage. In art, his exploits are among the earliest identifiable mythological scenes, and with lion skin and club he was a familiar sight throughout antiquity in sculpture, vase-painting and other media. He was held up as an ancestor and role-model for both Greek and Roman rulers, his unusual status as a hero-god being reinforced by the story of his apotheosis. Surveying both Greek and Roman sources and modern scholarship, Stafford presents a vivid account of this important mythical figure and ancient Greece's most popular hero.