In this scene, a stiff muscular hero has a large.
In this scene, a stiff muscular hero has a large, heavy club raised in his right hand and he advances towards his objective. This can only be defined by a large claw-like grasp on his left forearm, which could be identified as a tentacle of the Hydra. A diminutive figure of Minerva appears to be directing operations from the rear. By far the most detailed and satisfactory portrayals of Hercules and his wide variety of performances are seen on metalwork. In particular, the silver picture plates of the Late Antique, examples of which have been collected together and published by the late Professor Toynbee and by Kenneth Painter. Relatively few have survived from antiquity, since silver became scarce and a much sought after commodity in the late Empire. The examples listed here were all from hoards, and included a dish depicting the First Labour: the hero strangling the Nemean Lion. He has the lion in a
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