Imparing The Gilded Bronze Statues Of Hercules : A Comparison Of The Roman Figures

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In this paper I will be analyzing the gilded bronze statues of Hercules (from greek Herakles) created in the 2nd century BCE in dedication to demigod’s accomplishments. While the two sculptures are extremely similar, they yield minor differences that can easily distinct one from the other. Hercules was regarded as the strongest greek hero there is, but despite his unparalleled strength appeared to be 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 sculpture, they 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, Romans claim that it is also where the cattle market took place. In his right hand he yields a club, his distinctive symbol alongside the Lion skin. Its also important to highlight the fact 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 he does. The Nemean Lion skin was the fruit of his first labour composed of three 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 set of polygons to stack tiles block off the cave mouths

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