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Compare And Contrast Two Ten Gilded Bronze Statues Of Hercules

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In this paper I will be analyzing the two seven feet ten gilded bronze statues of Hercules (from greek Herakles) created in the 2nd century BCE in dedication to demigod’s many accomplishments. While the two sculptures are extremely similar, they yield minor differences that distinct them from one another. Hercules was regarded as the strongest greek hero there has been, but despite his unparalleled strength he appeared and lived like a regular human. While both statues remained in Rome, one statue was found at the Forum Boarium, the other was buried under tiles at the Theatre of Pompey with the inscriptions “FCS” short for fulgor conditum summanium, meaning it had been struck by lightning. Despite being a product of Roman Art, the statues were based around Greek models from the 4th century BCE. After its creation it was displayed at the Forum Boarium in Rome for most of its existence, remains of Roman life point to the fact that it is was where the cattle market took place. In his right hand he yields a club, his distinctive symbol alongside the Nemean Lion skin. It is also worth noting that the statue found at the Forum he does not have a lion skin hanging from his forearm, whereas the one found at the Theatre of Pompey does. The Nemean Lion skin was the fruit of his first labour composed of three complicated tasks. First he had to shoot an arrow at the beast and determine the speed at which it strikes the beast given the angle of elevation and the distance. Second, using a
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