2,000-Year-Old Roman Hercules Statue Surfaces In Greece

By The Thornical Press Staff

October 7, 2022

GREECE – A 2,000-year-old statue of the Roman god Hercules was discovered by archeologists in northeastern Greece.

According to the Ministry of Culture and Sports the ancient statues from the Roman era was excavated on September 16 in the ancient city of Philippi.  The statue was identified as Hercules by other fragments found near the statue including the telltale club and lion often associated with the Hercules.  Archeologists from Aristotle University also uncovered an ornately-decorated structure believed to be a fountain.

Archeologists estimate the Hercules statue dates from the second century AD while the structure could date from the eighth or ninth century AD.

According to Roman mythology, which is a reflection of Greek mythology, Hercules (Heracles in Greek mythology) was born a “strong and fearless” mortal son of the Roman god Jupiter (Zeus in Greek mythology), who was the chief deity of the Roman state.

Photo: Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

On This Day: Famed German Artist Friedrich Georg Weitsch Was Born

Born Aug 8, 1758 into a family of well known artists, Friedrich Georg Weitsch would eventually rise to the top of his field when he was appointed a Royal Court Painter to Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick.

Weitsch began his studies under his father, well known German artist Pascha Johann Friedrich Weitsch, and by 1776 studied under Johann Heinrich Tischbein.  After further study at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Weitsch obtained a position at Stobwasser, a German lacquerware manufacturer, where his father worked as an art instructor.

During the 1780s, Weitsch toured the great centers of European art: Rome, Florence, and Amsterdam.  In 1794, Weitsch was elected a member of the Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin and later Rector in 1798.

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