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Hercules: A Heroic Life

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From Ovid and Virgil to the muscle beaches of Malibu, Hercules has made an indelible impression on Western culture. He is the original hero: half god, half man, handsome and virile, triumphant in his labors yet ultimately a victim of his tragic destiny. He was also a rapist, drunkard, and transvestite, whose excesses reveal some of the darkest recesses of human nature. He has been variously portrayed in sculpture, painting, and verse, and later on stage and screen. This unconventional biography of Hercules charts his life from his dramatic birth in Thebes to his agonizing death on a flaming pyre.

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"Brilliant...always quizzically engaging, and often uproariously entertaining."--Paul Cartledge, author of "Spartan Reflections

"Why on earth did Hercules-thug, drunkard and wife murderer-become a hero of Western culture? This engaging, witty book offers some fascinating explanations."--Mary Beard

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From Ovid and Virgil to the muscle beaches of Malibu, Hercules has made an indelible impression on Western culture. Hercules is the original hero: half-god, half-man; strong, handsome and virile; triumphant in his twelve labours yet ultimately victim

About the Author

Alastair Blanshard is a Greek cultural historian who has taught classics at the universities of Oxford and Reading. In 2005 he took up a position at the University of Sydney. This is his first book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781862078772
Subtitle:
A Heroic Life
Author:
Blanshard, Alastair
Publisher:
Granta Books
Location:
Sydney
Subject:
General
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Art and mythology
Subject:
Mythology in literature
Subject:
Mythology-General
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20070301
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Mythology » Classical
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling
Humanities » Philosophy » General

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Product details 224 pages Granta Books - English 9781862078772 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Brilliant...always quizzically engaging, and often uproariously entertaining."--Paul Cartledge, author of "Spartan Reflections

"Why on earth did Hercules-thug, drunkard and wife murderer-become a hero of Western culture? This engaging, witty book offers some fascinating explanations."--Mary Beard

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From Ovid and Virgil to the muscle beaches of Malibu, Hercules has made an indelible impression on Western culture. Hercules is the original hero: half-god, half-man; strong, handsome and virile; triumphant in his twelve labours yet ultimately victim
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