This Moonday’s Heroic Hunk in History is the Greek and Roman hero, Hercules (or Heracles as he was called by the Greeks). Hercules was the son of Zeus (the king of the gods) and the mortal Alcmene which made him a demigod. He was known for his strength, many adventures, and his problem with Hera, Zeus’ immortal mate. Hera hated him because he was living proof of Zeus’ infidelity. She sent snakes to kill him as an infant, sent madness in which he killed his wife and children, and finally had his second wife give him a cloak that would keep him faithful to her – she thought. Instead, the coating she placed on the cloak was a caustic poison which burned his skin. When Hercules told his friends to place him on a funeral pyre because of the pain, Zeus brought him up to Olympus.
Finding pics was difficult because Hercules was often depicted with a lion’s pelt, a club, and very few (read that NO) clothing since he was a Hero. The ancient bronze was discovered carefully buried at Pompey with an inscription that it had been struck by lightning. The modern pics are (1) the most famous movie Hercules, Steve Reeves from the 1950s and (2) Scottish actor Paul Telgar from a British TV mini-series about Hercules (2005).
Next Moonday, some Titans. Rita Bay