Celshade for Krauger_tiger-wolf on FA, vurry important part of Roman history if ya didn’t know
The Hercules du Farnese is one of all-time favorite man-sculptures. It’s not like other renderings of Herc… this one is FULL of mythic bear proportions and all kinds of rampant sex even in a time when the church would burn the maker of such a thing. His obliques are a mass of wonder, and those legs could make a person weep, up the buttocks and massive back.
holy shit that is fucking swole god DAMN.
…jeez « someone really loved watching their model work.
These are all Roman copies of Greek originals, and were made during a time when the world was PAGAN…pantheistic. I’m sure you’ve heard that the ancient Greeks had more than one word for “love”. One of those words translates in English to “love of big boys”. “Bears” are not new. Herakles was a hero/demigod, not a god, but he had MANY temples erected to him in the ancient Greek world, and later as “Hercules” in the Roman. Christianity put an end to all of that though…for a while.
There is nothing new under the sun.
But this an atypical rendering of the greco-roman Mangod. Constructed by pagan - yet still Christian infancy - Rome in the 3rd century, the bulbous and burly representation of Hercules is not like any other I’m aware of. The same as Venus or Aphrodite is rarely if ever depicted as overly voluptuous. she is always rather ‘normal’ and rather slender for the time period. So as Hercules is usually depicted more concretely muscular, younger, and not so voluptuous (modern “bear” or “muscle bear”).
Many think this is an artist mixing the god with older and new-entering stereotypes such as the Hebrew Moses (of which Christianity is not yet Christianity but still a subset of Judaism in Rome at the time) with very thick beard and and older, more weathered appearance as well as “Old Strength” - which is why the depiction includes his accomplishments (he is seen leaning over the lion which he has already slain) and this has shades of the Hebrew Prophets such as Sampson (who also slain a lion with his bare hands).
While the culture was no stranger to penis, the shape and context of the ManArt says a lot about the civilization at that point in time. A time when Rome was beginning to take on more and more of a Judaism (that would later be called Christianity) in concert with paganism of the time — and the need/desire for the empire to meld the two beliefs together in attempt to preserve the empire. Enter Emperor Constantine 50+ years later who would sanction the new religion “Christianity” as the New Prime Religion of all the Roman Empire.