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Heracles with snake

A marble Roman sculpture of Heracles as a boy strangling a snake, dating back to the 2nd century CE and displayed in Palazzo Nuovo, one of the Capitoline museums. In Greek mythology, Heracles was a son of Zeus and Alcmene. Hera, the wife of Zeus, hated Heracles because he was living proof of Zeus' constant affairs and, a few months after he was born, sent two serpents to kill him; but Heracles throttled a single snake in each hand.

Photo by Ludo Kuipers, Tue Nov 01, 1994
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