xM. Volteius M.f. 78 BC. AR Denarius. Hercules and the Erymanthian Boar. RARE

Ancient Coins - xM. Volteius M.f. 78 BC. AR Denarius. Hercules and the Erymanthian Boar. RARE
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M. Volteius M.f. 78 BC
Silver Denarius (3.9 gm)

Obv: Head of Hercules right, wearing lion's skin helmet.
Rev: The Erymanthian boar running right.

This coin celebrates one of the 12 Labors of Hercules.� See details below.

Volteia 2 ; Sear #313 (RCV 2000). Very slight bend on the planchet @ 11 o'clock on obverse; @ 5 o'clock on reverse

� 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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