Hercules # Of all the classical deities it is surprising.

Hercules # Of all the classical deities it is surprising to find that Hercules was the most popular in Britain, if this can be gauged by the 17 dedications listed in the RIB Index, although most of these are military. There is also the great hill-figure, the Cerne Giant, which has been identified as Hercules and may have been one of many such figures. But perhaps a more significant indicator is his appearance on the British pottery vessels. Hercules was a great hero-god and, as such, may have appealed to the Celts whose tribal sagas, like those of other peoples, abound with similar mythical figures. The concept stemmed from a great warrior of the past and tales of his valour and achievements becoming adorned with colourful details and highly magnified by constant telling. At some stage in the long period of hero-making, he became semi-divine, the progeny of a tribal king and the female titular deity. Once this was accepted, his deeds assumed a

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