In Ancient Roman mythology, Hercules (or Herakles in Greek culture) was famed for his strength, as well as for his far-ranging adventures. As punishment for the frenzied killing of his family, Hercules was ordered to undertake twelve tasks. The first task was to free the inhabitants of the city of Nemea in Greece from a vicious lion – the so called Nemean lion. With his supernatural strength, Hercules strangled the lion with his bare hands, and dressed in its skin thereafter – Hercules’ own head peeking out of the lion’s gaping jaws. Thus, a lion’s skin was one of Heracles’ attributes, which makes him easily recognizable on vases and other depictions. Widely considered to be the greatest of Greek heroes, Hercules is often depicted with a heightened masculine physique.
Roman Marble Statue of Young Hercules Seated
An incredible Ancient Roman marble statue of young Hercules, seated. He is depicted wearing his lion-skin cloak, which is perhaps his most distinctive attribute. In his hands he is holding the head of a mythical beast. Hercules’ head is now missing, but otherwise is in very good condition.
Condition: Excellent condition. Some minor patchy encrustations. Head missing. Was part of a larger statue.