Hermathena, Hermeracles
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Cicero called the  Herms of Athena and Hercules, which Atticus had obtained in 67-65 BC for Cicero's Tusculanum (Cic. Att. 1,1; 4; 8; 9; 10), Hermathena and Hermeracles. The bronze heads were set on marble pillars and were considered an appropriate ornamentum for his peristyle, which was compared to the Academia and a gymnasium. These terms are Cicero's creation. Setting up Herms of this type in the gardens of Roman villas became a common practice.


R. Neudecker, Die Skulpturenausstattung röm. Villen in Italien, 1988, 11-18

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Neudecker, Richard (Rome), “Hermathena, Hermeracles”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider. Consulted online on 21 October 2016 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e509980>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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