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Author Stafford, Emma

Title Herakles
Published Hoboken : Taylor & amp; Francis, 2011


Description 1 online resource (337 pages)
Series Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World
Gods and heroes of the ancient world.
Contents HERAKLES; Copyright; CONTENTS; SERIES FOREWORD; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; LIST OF FIGURES; ABBREVIATIONS AND CONVENTIONS; MAPS AND GENEALOGICAL TABLE; FOREWORD: WHY HERAKLES?; WHY HERAKLES?; INTRODUCING HERAKLES; Telling the story; Synopsis of the myth; Explaining Herakles; Contexts and sources; Overview; KEY THEMES; 1 MONSTERS AND THE HERO I: THE TWELVE LABOURS; The strong man figure and monster-fighting; Development of the canon of labours; Individual labours; Overview; 2 MONSTERS AND THE HERO II: OTHER BATTLES; A wealth of opponents; Early exploits; Strong men and transgressors; Strange beasts
Overview3 THE TRAGIC HERO; A complex character; Early tragedy; Sophokles: death and deification; Euripides: madness and family values; Visual reflections of tragedy; Roman adaptations; Overview; 4 VICE OR VIRTUE INCARNATE; From monster-slaying to comedy, philosophy and romance; The comic hero; Herakles intellectualized; The romantic hero; Overview; 5 POLITICAL HERAKLES; The art of political legitimation; Herakles as ancestor and ideal ruler; Herakles the founder; Tyranny and democracy at Athens; Overview; 6 WORSHIP OF THE HERO-GOD; Herakles heros-theos; Rituals and remains
The Roman cult of HerculesOverview; HERAKLES AFTERWARDS; 7 POST-CLASSICAL VARIATIONS; The afterlife of a hero; Herakles/Hercules and the Christians; Telling Hercules' story I: Renaissance literature; Hercules' image reborn: art from the Renaissance onwards; Herculean politics; From monarch to revolutionary: Hercules in France; Telling Hercules' story II: literature from the seventeenth century on; Hercules the movie star; Conclusion: Herakles/Hercules now; NOTES; GLOSSARY; FURTHER READING; WORKS CITED; INDEX
Summary Collating research over the past thirty years, Emma Stafford examines the various aspects of Herakles' myth, representations in literature and art, monographs and articles, and presents a hugely accessible account of this legendary figure. By highlighting areas of consensus and dissent in the theories and discussion on Herakles, the book is easy to read and perfectly suited to students of classics and related disciplines
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SUBJECT Heracles (Greek mythological character) fast
Subject Heracles (Greek mythology)
Mythology, Greek.
Mythology, Greek
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780203152454