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It’s all about poison. Poison arrows. Poison foot. It’s a bad, bad story from beginning to end.

It starts with Hercules. They just dug up a statue of Hercules in Turkey- 4000 years old or thereabouts and 9 foot tall. No head, no right arm, but I guess you can’t mistake that muscled torso. We think of Herc as a hero. But he was bigger than that. He was the hero who became a God. He was a primitive or not so primitive Christ. A Christ with balls. (Yet Greek statues always have tiny dicks- that is, when they’ve not been knocked off. Tiny dicks were the Greek ideal apparently.

But Herc was the best. He had human faults. He did some bad things (mainly by accident or bad luck) but basically he was noble. Much put upon, much suffering, all round heroic. So what the hell was he doing with poisoned arrows?Read more... )

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