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Over the last thirty years various aspects of Herakles' myth, representations in literature and art, and his cult have been the subject of numerous monographs and articles. This book provides an accessible account, pulling together all the various aspects of past research, highlighting areas of consensus and dissent. The book is suitable for students of Classics and related disciplines, as well as the general reader.
Table of Contents
|Telling the Story|
|Synopsis of the Myth|
|Birth and Early Years|
|Events Leading up to Herakles' Death and Apotheosis|
|God or Hero?|
|Approaching the Myth|
|What's in a Name?|
|Historicism and the Search for Origins|
|Myth and Ritual|
|Structuralism and Psychoanalysis|
|Contexts and Sources|
|Monsters and the Culture Hero|
|Tragedy, Comedy and the Ideal Hero|
|Worship of the Hero-God Herakles Afterwards|
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