About two years ago, I found this Greek Mythology documentary called, "Clash of the Gods." It is a three disk series with ten episodes.

They feature Heracles by his Roman name, Hercules, in the second episode. As it was a while ago, I don't remember everything they said. What I do know is that they skipped his Sixth Labor, the Stymphalian Birds. They also talked about how the Hydra myth is preserved in the English word, "toxin," or, "toxic." And that one of the men must have been talking about how the myth of Heracles can from many mythologies or something. I definitively remember his saying, "Wait a minute, our strongman seems to be a little bit like your strong man."

So my question is this:

Is it possible that the Heracles myths are a compilation of stories from multiple cultures?

  • I'm not sure I have enough for an answer, but a professor of mine many years ago said that as time passed in the ancient world, any local story with a hero eventually got attributed to Herakles. – Spencer Mar 17 '18 at 23:02

Yes, it is, because stories about Heracles enclosed the area on Balcans, where are many known cultures from the bronze age and many ethnic groups. Also, the Greek mythology derived from the older Pelasgian mythology.

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  • Pelasgian mythology? This sounds suspiciously like something out of Graves's The Greek Myths. You do realize, I hope, that Graves's theories aren't widely accepted by scholars? – yannis Mar 18 '18 at 15:56
  • The scholars have theirs special -politically program in each state from Balcany.Really historian must be not bias. Constitution of earlier Greeks (which name came from Romans;-Greeks were a name of litlle tribe) derived by different sites,also from Minoian Crete,Panonia(Thrace of Herodotus,south Italy,etc.Homer's world was very large,not like todays Greece,you know that.In Croatia in genetical code,we have about 35% Ilirians,8 %Greeks,8% Phoenicians, 30%Slavs,10% Basks,and 10% another type.Also,you know we are the same mentality.What is your opinion about Ithaca location ? – historicus Mar 18 '18 at 19:47
  • @yannis,-sempaiscuba says that Iliad is not the historic text,but literature.(sometimes it is officialy in world,and sometimes not).What to do now?Conclusion is - our disscusion have not the sense,Troy don't exist,also Ithaca don't exist,- they are only imagination on literature?I say :-Troy exist and Ithaca exist,but they don't know where.Just look for locations in the book Naša Troja,Our Troy,from Croatia. – historicus Mar 19 '18 at 12:51
  • I'm not sure how any of this is relevant to your answer here? – yannis Mar 19 '18 at 12:53

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