Heracles and Antaneus

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (8)

Erik van den Ham on September 21, 2011

Heracles and Antaneus

In mythology

Greeks of the sixth century BC, who had established colonies along the coast, located Antaeus in the interior desert of Libya.

He would challenge all passers-by to wrestling matches, kill them, and collect their skulls, so that he might one day build out of them a temple to his father Poseidon. He was indefatigably strong as long as he remained in contact with the ground (his mother earth), but once lifted into the air he became as weak as other men.

Antaeus has defeated most of his opponents until it came to his fight with Heracles (who was on his way to the Garden of Hesperides for his 11th Labour). Upon finding that he could not beat Antaeus by throwing him to the ground as he would regain his strength and be fortified, Heracles discovered the secret of his power. Holding Antaeus aloft, Heracles crushed him in a bearhug. The story of Antaeus has been used as a symbol of the spiritual strength which accrues when one rests one's faith on the immediate fact of things. The struggle between Antaeus and Heracles is a favorite subject in ancient and Renaissance sculpture.

A location for Antaeus somewhere beyond the Maghreb might be quite flexible in longitude: when the Roman commander Quintus Sertorius crossed from Hispania to North Africa, he was told by the residents of Tingis (Tangier), far to the west of Libya, that the gigantic remains of Antaeus would be found within a certain tumulus; digging it open, his men found giant bones; closing the site, Sertorius made propitiatory offerings and "helped to magnify the tomb's reputation".[3] In Book IV of Marcus Annaeus Lucanus' epic poem Pharsalia (c. 65-61 AD), the story of Hercules' victory over Antaeus is told to the Roman Curio by an unnamed Libyan citizen. The learned client king Juba II of Numidia (died 23 BC), husband of the daughter of Antony and Cleopatra, claimed his descent from a liaison of Hercules with "Tinga", the consort of Antaeus.

In the Berber language Antaeus is supposedly known as Änti. A different, unconnected figure from Egyptian mythology, Anti, was transliterated as "Antaeus" by the Greeks.

T.Haveman 2 on September 21, 2011

Mooie omschrijving

Goed verhaal

LIKE voor de Bottom

gr Teunis

Erik van den Ham on September 21, 2011

Dat is het zeker Teunis! Antaneus had alleen iets beter zijn bibs moeten vegen....of zou hij het hier in zijn 'broek' doen van angst?

Groeten, Erik

Rafael (Retrocool) on September 22, 2011

:) beautiful... thank you

Marçal.C. on September 22, 2011

Bonica imatge. M'agrada 2. Salutacions des de Catalunya. Marçal

Erik van den Ham on September 22, 2011

Thanks Rafael!

Gràcies pels comentaris agradables Marçal

Greetings, Salutacions, Erik

Chris10 © on September 25, 2011

De strijd is nog niet gestreden Erik, hij heeft nog één voet aan de grond. Maar dat zal niet meer voor lange tijd zijn. Ze staan schitterend op de sokkel en zijn een aanwinst voor je kontjesgroep ;)

Erik van den Ham on September 25, 2011

Zeker niet Chris10 hier gaat het nog hard tegenn hard. Helaas is de verliezer van dit schouwspel al historisch bepaald.

Fijne avond, Erik

Sign up to comment. Sign in if you already did it.

Photo taken in Brandenburger Vorstadt, Potsdam, Germany

Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 21, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Erik van den Ham