David Amerland writes: “I had time on my hands this Sunday as the internet was down so I found myself indulging in my other pastime: museums. This one had me thinking deep. This is a remarkable statue dating to Roman Times in North Western Greece so it is approximately 1900 years old. It is very well preserved but what it depicts is of greater interest.
It shows Hercules as an old man. Draped over his right shoulder is the hide of the lion he killed as one of his labors. But gone is the vigor of youth. No more bulging muscles or chiselled cheekbones. His face is round. His body soft, slightly rotund. The usual steely gaze replaced by a more thoughtful mien.”
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