Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Gods of Ancient GreeceIdentities and Transformations$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jan Bremmer and Andrew Erskine

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637980

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Herakles Between Gods and Heroes

Herakles Between Gods and Heroes

Chapter:
(p.228) 12 Herakles Between Gods and Heroes
Source:
The Gods of Ancient Greece
Author(s):

Jan N. Bremmer

Andrew Erskine

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.003.0013

This chapter offers an overview of the criteria by which Herakles has been categorised, both in antiquity and in modern scholarship, on the hero-to-god scale. Most recently the debate has focused particularly on cult practice, but other elements which need to be taken into account include the geographical extent of Herakles’ popularity, intimations of immortality in his heroic myth and, most crucially, the apotheosis story. It is this last which ultimately differentiates Herakles from all other ‘ambiguous’ hero-gods and articulates his exceptionally liminal status.

Keywords:   Herakles, Heroes, Apotheosis, Immortality

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.