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(Ἡρακλῆς; Hēraklês).

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[1] Greek hero

The most prominent Greek hero ( Hero cult) in myth and cult. In his myths, which have not resulted in any outstanding work of poetry that is focussed on him, he is connected especially to Thebes, Argos and the countryside around Trachis; in the cult he is honoured almost panhellenically, without any place being able to display a hero's grave.

I. Cult and Myth

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A. Name

His name was connected with  Hera's already in…

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Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), Ley, Anne (Xanten) and Badian, Ernst (Cambridge, MA), “Heracles”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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