The Shield of Heracles has 67 ratings and 6 reviews. Vivian said: Lovely battle scene with Herakles and Iolaus versus Ares and Cycnus. Brothers against f. The Shield of Heracles and the legend of Cycnus – Volume 36 Issue 1 – R. 35 ‘ Hesiod’s “Shield of Herakles”: its structure and workmanship’. This short epic poem was attributed to Hesiod, a poet from Ascra and a Upon seeing Heracles, the poet of the Shield tells us that he wants to.

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But he uttered a lf shout and waving his spears like fire, he rushed headlong at strong Heracles, longing to kill him, and hurled a brazen spear upon the great shield, for he was furiously angry because of his dead son; but bright-eyed Athene reached out from the car and turned aside the force of the spear.

The description of Herackles shield, no doubt influenced by Book 18 of the Iliad to the point of using the description of Achilles’ shield almost verbatimis long, telling not necessarily of the shield’s military usefulness in hesio fight, but rather, is a collection of stories meant to illustrate several facets of the human condition: Matt S rated it liked it Jul 05, So herracles were engaged in an unending toil, and the end with victory came never to them, and the contest was ever unwon.

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May 17, Vivian rated it liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Come, then, cease fighting and do not withstand me. In the centre was Fear worked in adamant, unspeakable, staring backwards with eyes that glowed with fire.

Then heaven-nurtured Iolaus called terribly to the horses, and at his cry they swiftly whirled the fleet chariot along, raising dust from the plain; for the goddess bright-eyed Athene put mettle into them by shaking her aegis. Isabel rated it liked it Apr 05, She had on her shoulders a garment red with the blood of men, and terribly she hefacles and gnashed her teeth. The shield itself is a set of stories. The other poem attributed to Hesiod or his school which has come down in great part to modern times is The Theogonya work of grander scope, inspired alike by older traditions and abundant local associations.


Hawthorne rated it it was ok Jun 22, And the noble son of Alcaeus led them, rejoicing in his host.

To ask other readers questions about The Shield of Heraclesplease sign up. Kaspar rated it really liked it Nov 05, And they, horse-taming Cycnus and Ares, insatiable in war, came on together like fire or whirlwind. Juan Cruz rated it it was ok Oct 22, But as he came on, the son of Amphitryon, unsated of fierce battle, shrewdly wounded his thigh where it was exposed under his richly-wrought shield, and tare deep into his flesh with the spear-thrust and cast him flat upon the ground.

HESIOD, SHIELD OF HERACLES – Theoi Classical Texts Library

The Shield of Heracles is an archaic Greek epic poem that was attributed to Hesiod during antiquity. Nicely done if brief. Walter Wright rated it liked it Oct 28, Dec 16, Duarte Martinho rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 01, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: The subject of the poem is the expedition of Heslod and Iolaus against Cycnus, the son of Ares, who challenged Heracles to combat as Heracles was passing through Thessaly. And the Centaurs were gathered against them on the other side with Petraeus and Asbolus the diviner, Arctus, and Ureus, and black-haired Mimas, and the two sons of silver, and they had pinetrees of gold in their hands, and they were rushing together as though they were alive and striking at one another hand to hand with spears and with pines.


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And on the shore sat a fisherman watching: For Ares shall not deliver you from the end of death, if we two meet together in battle. By using this site, you agree hesild the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Shapiro detected its presence in Attic vase-painting between ca and ca BCE.

Cyanus was a glass-paste of deep blue colour: The round shield’s “whole orb shimmered with enamel and white ivory and electrum, and it glowed with shining gold; and there were zones of cyanus drawn upon it. There are numerous texts from the 12th to the 15th century.

The Shield of Heracles

Purchase a copy of this text not necessarily the same edition from Amazon. So soon as they caught a man overthrown or falling newly wounded, one of them would clasp her great claws about him, and his soul would go down to Hades to chilly Tartarus. He was flying swift as thought. And she, being subject in love to a god and to a man exceeding goodly, brought forth twin sons in seven-gated Thebe.

She stood leering hideously, and much dust sodden with tears lay upon her shoulders. Egan rated it it was amazing Aug 12, On his feet he had winged sandals, and his black-sheathed sword was slung across his shoulders herales a cross-belt of bronze.

Verily he had slain her noble father violently when he was angry about oxen; so he left his own country and came to Thebes and was suppliant to the shield-carrying men of Cadmus.