Ryro Posted February 17 · Supporter Share Posted February 17 (edited) Being the result of your dad stepping out on your step mom to sleep with one of the finest women across the lands, wasn't an ideal situation for Alcaeus. Later named Herakles (meaning something like, to the glory of Hera, or in honor of Hera), no doubt to suck up to the merciless step mother. By disguising himself as Alcmene's hubby, King Amphitryon, Zeus laid the seed that would later save all of Mount Olympus! Hera, clearly not getting the joke, sent twin snakes to kill baby Alcaeus! The only problem being that when Kingy and Queen Alcmene found the boys and Hera's snakes, she found the son of her husband cowering in the corner whilst Alcaeus was gleefully playing with the corpses of the snakes that he'd already strangled: Italy, Calabria, Tarentum. c. 280-228 BC. AR Diobol (12 mm, 0,8 g). Helmeted head of Athena left, helmet decorated with Skylla. R/ The Herakliskos Drakonopnigon; monogram to lower left, thunderbolt in exergue. Vlasto 1455; cf. HN Italy 1068. And let's not forget, many years, many blind rages and many labors later, during the Gigantomachia: (Athena doing her part, killing serpent legged conservatives) (Athena battles the Gigante Alcyoneus in a scene from the Gigantomachia (War of the Giants). The giant is winged with serpentine lower legs.) When Zeus's thunderbolts couldn't do the job it was Herakles that stood in between the giants taking Mount Olympus. And stranger still, though not to the Greeks, the attempted rape of Hera! "Porphyrion rushed against Herakles and also Hera. Zeus instilled him with a passion for Hera, and when he tore her gown and wanted to rape her, she called for help, whereat Zeus hit him with a thunderbolt and Herakles slew him with an arrow." - Apollodorus, The Library 1.36 Gigantomachia (War of the Giants). In this scene the lust-filled Porphyrion seizes the goddess Hera, ripping her dress. The goddess' spear is cast awry and her Amazon-crescent shield seems to slip from her fingers. Porphyrion, draped in a panther skin and holding a torch, turns to face Zeus (above, not shown). The god aims his lightning bolt at the giant. To the left Heracles also comes to the rescue, aiming an arrow at the giant." Let's see those GigGigantomachia, snake strangling, Calabria, Tarentum coins and all things Herkulian! Edited February 17 by Ryro 11 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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