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Hercules the Great

The Temple of Zeus was built at such a time (460 B.C.) when the glory of the Olympic Games was at its zenith. Built entirely of white marble, even the outer walls were also adornedHercules with marble bas-reliefs. Specimens of two such bas-reliefs were featured on two Greek stamps. These two sculptural compositions show us the labours of Hercules and take us into the astonishing world of myths and legends. The first stamp shows Hercules leading the mighty bull to Mycenae - a prehistoric Greek city. The other stamp illustrates Hercules holding up the vault of Heaven supported by Athena. Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek demigod Heracles, who was the son of Zeus (Roman equivalent Jupiter) and the mortal Alcmene. In classical mythology, Hercules is famous for his strength and for his numerous far-ranging adventures. A really Herculeun task for any sculptor who works on marble stone!

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