Gordian III AE39 Medallion of Anchialus, Thrace. Hercules left grasping the Hind of Cyreneia by the horns.

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Gordian III AE39 Medallion of Anchialus, Thrace. AVT K M ANT GORDIANOC, laureate, draped & cuirassed bust left with sheild & spear / OVLPIANWN AGCIALEWN, Hercules left grasping the Hind of Cyreneia by the horns.  Moushmov 2932.

No.3113. VF and very rare. 30g.

Labor 3: The Hind of Ceryneia. (Diana~s Pet Deer.)

For the third labor, Eurystheus ordered Hercules to bring him the Hind of Ceryneia. Now, before we go any further, we~ll have to answer two questions: What is a hind? and, Where is Ceryneia? Ceryneia is a town in Greece, about fifty miles from Eurystheus~ palace in Mycenae. A hind is simply a female red deer. You~d think it would have been easy for a hero like Hercules to go shoot a deer and bring it back to Eurystheus, but a few problems made things complicated. This was a special deer, because it had golden horns and hoofs of bronze. Not only that, the deer was sacred to the goddess of hunting and the moon, Diana; she was Diana~s special pet. That meant that Hercules could neither kill the deer nor hurt her. He couldn~t risk getting Diana angry at him; he was already in enough trouble with Hera. Hercules set out on this adventure, and he hunted the deer for a whole year. At last, when the deer had become weary with the chase, she looked for a place to rest on a mountain called Artemisius, and then made her way to the river Ladon. Realizing that the deer was about to get away, Hercules shot her just as she was about to cross the stream. He caught the deer, put her on his shoulders and turned back to Mycenae. As Hercules hurried on his way, he was met by Diana and Apollo. Diana was very angry because Hercules tried to kill her sacred animal. She was about to take the deer away from Hercules, and surely she would have punished him, but Hercules told her the truth. He said that he had to obey the oracle and do the labors Eurystheus had given him. Diana let go of her anger and healed the deer~s wound. Hercules carried it alive to Mycenae.

 

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Prezzo SKU : 3113
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