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Heracles by Lysippos - (Hercules Farnese in Latin) - Son of Zeus - 40cm

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Seller: aeonamaltheas (70) 100%, Location: London, London, Ships to: GB & many other countries, Item: 302151897745 Demigod, son of Supreme Zeus , and the mortal woman Alcmene. His name is a composite of the works "Hera"(the Goddess) and "kleos" (glory). He was the greatest of Hellenic heroes, embodiment of masculinity, strength, courage and ingenuity when strength will not suffice. Impressed by the mortal Alcmene, wife of Amphitryon. Zeus disguised himself as her husband and conceived Heracles with her. The same night she also became pregnant with Iphicles, son of the Amphitryon. On the night the twins labour, Hera knowing about the infidelity, persuated Zeus to swear that the child born that night to a member of House of Perseus would become a High King. Consequently, Hera delayed the birth of the twins, by forcing Ilithyia (goddess to labour) to sit crosslegged with her tied with knots. In the meantime she caused the premature birth of Eurystheous, making him a High King. The delayed birth however ended when a servant lied that the babies already were delivered. Fear of Hera's wrath lead Alcmene to name the infant Heracles (Glory of Hera). Goddess Athena, protector of heroes and half sister, brought the infant to Hera. Hera did not recognize Heracles and nursed him out of pity. Heracles suckled so strongly that he caused Hera pain, and she pushed him away. Her milk sprayed across the heavens and there formed the Milky Way. But with divine milk, Heracles had acquired supernatural powers. Athena brought the infant back to his mother, and he was subsequently raised by his parent. He and his twin were just eight months old when Hera. sent two giant snakes into the children's chamber. Iphicles cried from fear, but his brother grabbed a snake in each hand and strangled them. He was found by his nurse playing with them on his cot as if they were toys. Important persons of his time took over his education: Amphitryon taught him use of chariot, Castor taught use of weapons, Ailykos taught him wrestling, Eurytos taught him archery, Centaur Chiron sciences and Linus music. In a moment of youth rage as a teenager killed his tutor Linus with a lyre, an act which he regretted. Subsequently, Amphitryon sent him to tend cattle in the mountain. There Heracles was visited by two beautiful girls (allegorical figures), Vice and Virtue, who offered him a choice between a pleasant and easy life or a severe but glorious life: he chose the latter. Later in Thebes, Heracles married King Creon's daughter, Megara. In a state of madness, induced by Hera, Heracles killed their children. After his madness had been cured with by Antikyreus, the founder of Antikyra, he realized what he had done and fled to the Oracle of Delphi. To expiate the crime, Heracles was required to carry out ten labors set by his archenemy King Eurystheous. Heracles accomplished these tasks, but Eurystheus did not accept the cleansing of the Augean stables because Heracles was going to accept pay for the labor. Neither did he accept the killing of the Lernaean Hydra as Heracles' nephew, Iolaus, had helped him burn the stumps of the heads. Eurystheus set two more tasks (fetching the Golden Apples of Hesperides and capturing Cerberus), which Heracles performed successfully, bringing the total number of tasks up to twelve. Heracles shot and killed the eagle that tortured Prometheus (which was his punishment by Zeus for stealing fire from the gods and giving it to mortals). Heracles freed the Titan from his chains and his torments. Prometheus then made predictions regarding further deeds of Heracles. In Libya Heracles killed Antaeus the giant (son of Poseidon and Gaia) who was immortal while touching the earth, by picking him up and holding him in the air while strangling him. In Egypt killed the blood thirdly tyrant Bousiris in order to terminate his oppression. Heracles visited the Palace of King Admetus on the day Admetus' wife, Alcestis, died in his place. Chasing after Charon (bearer of the Dead), Heracles was able to catch up, and after winning the fight the returned Alcestis back to the world of the living. Having wrestled and defeated Achelous, god of the Acheloos river, Heracles takes Deianira as his wife. Travelling to Tiryns, a centaur, Nessus, offers to help Deianira across a fast flowing river while Heracles swims it. However, Nessus tries to steal Deianira away while Heracles is still in the water. Angry, Heracles shoots him with his arrows dipped in the poisonous blood of the Lernaen Hydra. Thinking of revenge, Nessus tells Deianira that Hercules does not love her anymore. He advices her that she should soak a tunic in his blood and wear it to her husband to win him back. Several years later, Deianira without realizing the blood was poisoned by he Lernaen Hydra poison, does so. Hercules wears the poisoned tunic tearing his skin and exposing his bones. Facing unbearable pain and suffer, Heracles then uproots several trees and builds a funera pyre on Mount Oeta. No one but Heracles friend Philoctetes would light his funeral pyre. For this action, Philoctetes or Poeas received Heracles' bow and arrows, which were later needed by the Greeks to defeat Troy in the Trojan War. Once his mortal body consumed by the flames he was received in Olympus and made immortal. The statue known now as Farnese Hercules, is roman period copy made by Glykon for the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. Found decapitated in 1546, was recovered and can be seen restored in the Museo Arceologico in Naples, Italy. Glycon interpreted in roman hellenic style, a statue originally made by the Lyssipos. Painted by hand is the artist's interpretation of the classic statue of the Lyssipos following more protohellenic forms. Originating from a sculptor's studio with more than twenty year presence in the Hellenic market this statuette of Heracles stands 15.75" height (40cm) Painted by hand in archaic colors, is the artist's perception of the ancient masterpiece that has been dug out and placed on its podium. Aeon Amaltheas Ltd represents artists with continuous and distinguished presence in the Greek market. Information about the article: Made of alabaster, this classic statue stands on its own podium.This superior marble based material, allows for finer level of detailing. On the same time archaic tones are used for coloring. Stands 15.75" height (40cm)Please note this article is an artist's replica and NOT a genuine ancient artifact!!!!All deliveries will be recorded/ signed for deliveries. Free Package & Postage. Price includes VAT. FREE SHIPPING IN THE UK!!! International Buyers: We do confirm participation on eBay Global Shipping Programme that ensures minimum postage costs for non-UK buyers.If you require an alternative courier service, please contact us for a personalized postage quote. Condition: A brand new alabaster statuette of the most important hero of Hellenic Mythology., Type: Statues, Material: Alabaster, Colour: White, Culture: Greek, Height: 40cm, Hellenic name: Iraklis, Latin equivalent: Hercules, Alt. Latin-Hellenic spelling: Heracles

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