C. Poblicius Q.f. 80 BC. AR Denarius. Hercules and the Nemean Lion.

Ancient Coins - C. Poblicius Q.f. 80 BC. AR Denarius. Hercules and the Nemean Lion.
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C. Poblicius Q.f. 80 BC. 
Silver Serrate Denarius (3.9 gm)

Obv: ROMA ; draped bust of Roma right, two feathers on helmet.
Rev: C. POBLICIS ; Hercules strangling the Nemean lion, club at his feet.

Poblicia 9 ; Sear #308 (RCV 2000)

Hercules (Herakles) was one of the most popular of all Greek heroes,
famous for extraordinary strength and courage. Alcmene, wife of Amphitryon,
made love to both Zeus and her husband on the same night and bore two sons,
Hercules (son of Zeus) and Iphicles (son of Amphitryon). Hercules incurred
the everlasting wrath of Hera (wife of Zeus) because he was the child of
her unfaithful husband. A few months after his birth Hera set two serpents
in his cradle, but the prodigious infant promptly strangled them. When he
was a young man, Hercules defended Thebes from the armies of a neighboring
city, Orchomenus, and was rewarded with Megara, daughter of King Creon.

The goddess Hera, determined to make trouble for Hercules, made him
lose his mind. In a confused and angry state, he killed his own wife
and children. When he awakened from his "temporary insanity," Hercules
was shocked and upset by what he'd done. He prayed to the god Apollo
for guidance, and the god's oracle told him he would have to serve
Eurystheus, the king of Tiryns and Mycenae, for twelve years, in
punishment for the murders. As part of his sentence, Hercules had to
perform twelve Labors, feats so difficult that they seemed impossible.
Fortunately, Hercules had the help of Hermes and Athena, sympathetic
deities who showed up when he really needed help. By the end of these
Labors, Hercules was, without a doubt, Greece's greatest hero.

During those years Hercules performed these 12 labors: he killed the
Nemean lion and the Hydra; caught the Erymanthian boar and the Cerynean
hind; drove off the Stymphalian birds; cleaned the stables of Augeas;
captured the Cretan bull and the horses of Diomedes; made off with the
girdle of the Amazon queen Hippolyte; killed Geryon; captured Cerberus;
and finally took the golden apples of Hesperides.


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