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Ed Love

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Subj: Re: Hercules #1 was an Olympian success
Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 at 06:27:07 pm EST (Viewed 7 times)
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Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 at 11:18:01 am EST (Viewed 98 times)

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That kind of bothered me a bit, too.

However, Hercules began long before the founding of Rome. It wasn't just a couple of generations before. There were many, many centuries between the Greek era and the Roman. Rome was not founded until the 8th century BCE. Hercules goes back to at least the 13th century. His mortal life ended before the Trojan War, which is currently believed to be 13th century BCE; used to be 12thC BCE.

Neolithic is pushing it too far, imo.

The play Philoctetes centers around the fact that the Greeks cannot win the Trojan War without the bow of Hecules, which is in the possession of Philoctetes who had been a companion of Hercules on several of the Labors and who had been one of the suitors of Helen, and thus accompanied the Greeks on the assault of Troy. Even if Philo was a boy when a companion to Herc and a middle-aged man when vying for Helen, Hercules' death as a human and being raised to demi-god status would only have been a few decades before the Trojan War at most.

Did think that Aeneas' voyage was a bit closer in dates to the founding of Rome since that was sort of the point of it being written, but it does appear to have been about 4 centuries between him and Romulus and Remus which is a bit more than a couple of generations.

But, the point remains that you can place Hercules' timeline down reasonably well as his history is connected to the Trojan War which thanks to the Aeneid is connected to the founding of Rome which limits just how far back the history could conceivably go.

This stuff used to drive me nuts with the tv show "Xena" where Goliath, Hercules, Odysseus, and Caesar were all contemporaries!


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