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by Archaeology Newsroom

Herakles

“Let Herakles be his name” proclaimed Apollo, the god of sun and music: this was the starting point for the creation of a popular mythology related to Herakles, a mythology that distinguished him as the most celebrated among Greek heroes. An unknown, so far, quality of the hero is presented here: Herakles patron of miners. In this role, he is represented lying comfortably in a mine and facing the miners. He looks as if he is saying: “Come on you, humans, what is all the fuss and difficulty about? I, alone, could have done more and better work”. From the complete representations shown here, four were found in Thassos, one in Laconia and one in Iran.