The editors: Louis Rawlings is Lecturer in Ancient History
at Cardiff University. He has written numerous articles on ancient
warfare and society, and is currently preparing a monograph, The
Ancient Greeks at War (Manchester University Press). Hugh Bowden
is Lecturer in Ancient History at King's College London. He is the
author of Classical Athens and the Delphic Oracle: Divination and
Democracy (Cambridge 2005) and General Editor of The Times Ancient
Civilisations (Revised Edition, London 2005). He has also published
numerous articles on Greek history and religion.
Herakles and Hercules: two names for a figure of pervasive appeal
in Antiquity. He was a hero of myth and a god with cult associations.
He was ancestor of Macedonian kings, patron of Carthaginian generals
and of Roman emperors, and a role model for Stoic philosophers.
As a performer of the famous labours, wanderer, liberator, madman
and murderer of kin, Herakles-Hercules has retained his fascination
down to the present. The eleven new studies in this volume explore
why this figure appealed so widely in Antiquity. They examine his
role in ancient myth and philosophy, drama and art, as well as in
politics and propaganda, warfare and religion,