The Hercules Project

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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 is available on DVD.

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Poster for the World Premiere of Herakles with twin peaked mountain and ruins
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Hercules Project at Be Curious

In ancient myth, Hercules made people safe from monsters; he has been re-imaged as a coloniser and a political leader. On 30th March 2019 he was drawn improving Today's world.

Hercules' 12 Labours Today
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About the Hercules Project

The 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.

Building on the success of the 2013 Hercules: a Hero for All Ages conference, Stage 2 of Emma Stafford‘s Hercules project was supported by an AHRC Networking (2016-2018). This facilitated the development of a series of four 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.