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Headword: Ἡρακλέους ἄγαλμα
Adler number: eta,454
Translated headword: Herakles' statue, Heracles' statue
Vetting Status: high
Lifting up three apples in his left hand,[1] because he had adorned himself with the tripartite nature of the soul.[2]
Herakles son of Pekos, also [called] Zeus,[3] was the best philosopher. He is depicted wearing the skin of a lion, carrying a cudgel and possessing the three apples, which the mythographers say he took after killing the dragon with his cudgel, that is to say, when he conquered the argument of his appetite, and thus he had the three apples, that is to say, the three virtues, not to be angry, not to love money, and not to be wanton: and the cloak of the lion [represents] the noble mind which encompassed [him].[4]
Greek Original:
Ἡρακλέους ἄγαλμα, βαστάζων ἐν τῇ ἀριστερᾷ χειρὶ μῆλα τρία, διὰ τὸ τριμερὲς τῆς ψυχῆς κεκοσμῆσθαι αὐτόν. ὁ Ἡρακλῆς Πήκου, τοῦ καὶ Διός, φιλόσοφος ἄριστος. γράφεται δὲ δορὰν λέοντος φορῶν καὶ ῥόπαλον φέρων καὶ τρία μῆλα κρατῶν, ἅπερ ἀφελέσθαι αὐτὸν ἐμυθολόγησαν τῷ ῥοπάλῳ φονεύσαντα τὸν δράκοντα, τουτέστι νικήσαντα τὸν τῆς ἐπιθυμίας λογισμόν, καὶ οὕτως ἔχοντα τὰ γ# μῆλα, τουτέστι τρεῖς ἀρετάς, μὴ ὀργίζεσθαι, μὴ φιλαργυρεῖν, μὴ φιληδονεῖν: καὶ τὸ περιβόλαιον τοῦ λέοντος, τὸ γενναῖον περιβεβλημένον φρόνημα.
[1] Herakles' eleventh labor involved getting the Apples of the Hesperides, which grew on a tree guarded by a dragon. See also eta 475.
[2] cf. ps.-Codinus, Patria Constantinopoleos 2.8a (Preger, Scriptores originum Constantinopolitanarum 154.18).
[3] cf. pi 1500.
[4] cf. John of Antioch fr.6.6 FHG (4.543), now 6.2 Roberto.
Keywords: art history; clothing; definition; ethics; historiography; imagery; mythology; philosophy; religion; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 19 November 2000@00:51:40.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Modified translation; cosmetic changes; added note; raised status.) on 19 November 2000@11:40:55.
Elizabeth Vandiver (Modified translation; added cross-reference.) on 19 November 2000@12:12:20.
William Hutton (Modified translation, added keyword) on 20 November 2000@11:59:42.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 11 July 2003@10:34:19.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 18 December 2012@08:48:11.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 9 August 2013@00:32:08.
David Whitehead on 29 January 2015@09:07:39.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 12 September 2018@01:09:44.


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