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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Musical Drama

Herakles is a new musical drama composed by Tim Benjamin, based on Dio Chrysostom's "The Choice of Hercules". A film of the world premiere was shown on 8th July 2017 in Leeds and available on DVD.

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Building on the success of the 2013 Hercules: a Hero for All Ages conference, Stage 2 of Emma Stafford‘s Hercules project is well under way, with the support of an AHRC Networking grant awarded in 2016. This is facilitating the development of a series of publications on various aspects of the post-classical reception of Herakles-Hercules, via meetings between the editorial teams and a further conference, Celebrating Hercules in the Modern World, held at Leeds 7-9 June 2017.

The international network of scholars established by the two conferences is continually being consolidated and added to via the JISC mailing list Hercules: a hero for all ages and the Facebook Group Hercules2017: anyone interested in post-classical receptions of Herakles-Hercules is welcome to join!

You might also like to follow the Twitter Account @Hercules_Leeds, which we are using to promote activities undertaken by the Hercules Project. The conference hashtag was #Hercules2017.

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DVDs of the world premiere performance in Todmorden will be available for purchase, cost £10, at the film premiere on...

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Saturday 8th July, Clothworkers’ Concert Hall, Leeds 19:00 arrival and wine 19:15 introductory talk by Tim Benjamin 19:45 film Ticket...

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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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