The Hercules Project

The AHRC-supported Hercules Project aims to chart and account for the significance in western culture of the classical hero Hercules, from late antiquity via the Renaissance to the present day.

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The Labours of Herakles Exhibition

Widely exhibited in New Zealand 2008-12, the exhibition launched in the UK in early 2015 at Leeds City Museum, and has travelled widely in Europe since.

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Celebrating Hercules in the Modern World - Conference 2017

The second stage of the Hercules Project will include an international conference bringing together scholars from various fields. A call for papers is currently open, deadline 31st January 2017.

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Musical Drama

A new musical drama, to be premiered on 30 April 2017. Herakles is commissioned by Todmorden Choral Society from the composer Tim Benjamin and based on the Dio Chrysostom’s story of the “Choice of Hercules” - the choice between Kingship and Tyranny.

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Building on the success of the 2013 Hercules: a Hero for All Ages conference, Stage 2 of the Hercules project is well under way, with the support of an AHRC Networking grant.  The conference began the process of establishing an international network of scholars interested in post-classical receptions of Herakles-Hercules.

This network is continually being consolidated and added to via the JISC mailing list Hercules: a hero for all ages, which any interested party is welcome to join.

Less traditionally, we have a Facebook Group (Hercules2017) and Event for networking and the conference.

We will also be using a Twitter Account @Hercules_Leeds to promote activities undertaken by the Hercules Project and the conference hashtag is #Hercules2017.

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Prints from our exhibition will soon be on exhibition again in the UK.                ...

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Rehearsals for Herakles, the new musical drama by Tim Benjamin for Todmorden Choral Society are now under way. The first...

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There is a JISCMail list Hercules: a hero for all ages, which has been active since the 2013 conference and...

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CELEBRATING HERCULES IN THE MODERN WORLD Announcing an international conference at the University of Leeds, 7-9th July 2017, and inviting...

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