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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

Introducing Herakles
Telling the Story
Synopsis of the Myth
Birth and Early Years
The Labours
Minor Exploits
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
Allegorical Interpretation
Myth and Ritual
Structuralism and Psychoanalysis
Comparative Mythology
Contexts and Sources
Key Themes
Monsters and the Culture Hero
Tragedy, Comedy and the Ideal Hero
Political Herakles
Worship of the Hero-God Herakles Afterwards
Post-Classical Variations
Genealogical Table
Further Reading
Works Cited
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