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Feb - 20 - 2013
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Statue in Louvre Museum

Hercules slays Achelus – Carbonneaux – Louvre

While it is generally a sanctuary of peace and serenity, with its airy 60-foot glass ceiling, the sculpture garden contains many dramatic works of art, including this bronze titled “Hercules Battling Achelous Metamorphed into a Serpent”.This sculpture was created by Baron François Joseph 1824(François-Joseph Bosio 1768–1845).The statue is made of bronze material and France, the Louvre Museum are protected.

Mythology

In Greek mythology, the Lernaean Hydra was an ancient serpent-like chthonic water beast that possessed numerous heads;the poets mention more heads than the vase-painters could paint and poisonous breath. The Hydra of Lerna was killed by Heracles as one of his The Twelve Labours.

Hercules

More than two thousand years ago, Greek people believed that a particular group of stars represented the figure of Heracles, the most famous Greek hero. The ancient Romans called him Hercules. Heracles was a courageous and strong man.
Heracles was the son of the sky god Zeus and the queen of Tiryns, Alcmene. When Hera discovered Zeus’ infidelity, she decided to kill the child born from the Zeus’ relationship with Alcmene. That child was Heracles. Hera placed two serpents in Heracles’ cradle, but the child strangled the snakes with his bare hands, clearly revealing his divine nature. This and many other heroics made Heracles famous throughout the ancient world.

Hera was so annoyed at Heracles’ growing fame that she cast a spell of madness over him. Out of control, Heracles killed his own wife and children. His remorse was so profound that when he returned to his senses he could find no peace of mind. He visited the oracle of Delphi to see how he could demonstrate his remorse.

The oracle advised him to obey the orders of Eurystheus, the king of Tiryns and Mycenae. Eurystheus ordered Heracles to accomplish twelve difficult tasks (the so-called Twelve Labors of Heracles). Heracles completed the twelve labors and is celebrated to this day for his great courage and strength.
“Hercules combatant Achelous.” Louvre, Paris, France. The statue above depicts Hercules fighting against the monster Achelous.

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