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

Herakles is a new musical drama from the composer Tim Benjamin, based on "The Choice of Hercules" by Dio Chrysostom. It was premiered on 30 April 2017 by Todmorden Choral Society and Orchestra.

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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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On Sunday 30th April, Tim Benjamin’s Herakles premiered to a packed house in Todmorden Town Hall. Audience ratings of the work...

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Todmorden Orchestra and Choral Society have had their first joint rehearsal for this Sunday’s premiere of Tim Benjamin’s ‘Herakles’ in...

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The composer of the new dramatic work Herakles (premiering in Todmorden in 14 days), speaks to the Hercules Project about...

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