Further Resources: The Life and Times of Hercules
- The ancient Greeks built many temples to Hercules, and worshipped him as a god. The Greeks in the prosperous colony of Akragas, in Sicily, built a Temple to Herakles even before they built their Temple to Zeus. See the catalog entry for Hercules' temple in Akragas.
- Read Apollodorus' description of Hercules' childhood, including the story of the snakes in the crib.
- Look at the site catalog entries and pictures of Delphi, where Hercules went to Apollo's sanctuary to be purified.
- Learn more about Apollo's oracle.
- Browse the catalog entries and see more pictures of the Berlin vase with Hercules in a procession with the gods, the Louvre stamnos with baby Hercules and the snakes, the Würzburg vase depicting the god Apollo, the Toledo vase with Hercules sneaking up on a giant, the London pelike with Hercules, Deianira, and the poisoned cloak, or the Munich vase with Hercules ascending to Olympus in Athena's chariot, leaving his funeral pyre far below on earth.
- What is a pelike?
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