Hercules, the Snakes, and the Warrior’s Rebirth


Scholae Palatinae

Infant Hercules Killing Snakes Fresco Painting in the House of the Vettii at Pompeii Infant Hercules Killing Snakes Fresco Painting in the House of the Vettii at Pompeii

By George E. Georgas, Fencing coach, Historical Fencing & Pammachon instructor

Hercules was the greatest hero/warrior in Greek mythology and was honored as a demigod by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Indeed, during the height of the ancient Roman empire, he was being worshipped alongside Mithras in the legions, while when the empire became Christian, Hercules didn’t lose his glory, and remained the greatest warrior in the world, his only competitor being Achilles. The boys of the East Roman Empire used to grow up with the tales of Hercules’ feats, and dreaming of being like him when they grew up.

  Hercules’ path as a warrior started very early. The legend tells us allegorically what must an inexperienced warrior do to succeed.

77372 What does the legend tell us? Hercules, whose name means Ήρα (Hera) + Κλέος…

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