Item: i19546
Certified Authentic Ancient Coin of:

Alexander III the Great - King of Macedonia 336-323 B.C.
Bronze 14mm (3.43 grams)
Struck under Alexander the Great 336-323 B.C.
Reference: Sear 6743
Head of young Hercules right, clad in lion-skin.
ΑΛΕΞΑΝ-ΔΡΟΥ. Eagle standing right on thunderbolt, looking back; leaf in upper field to left.

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Hercules is the the Roman name for the mythical Greek demigod Heracles , son of Jupiter (the Roman equivalent of Zeus ), and the mortal Alcmena . Early Roman sources suggest that the imported Greek hero supplanted a mythic Italic shepherd called "Recaranus" or "Garanus", famous for his strength, who dedicated the Ara Maxima that became associated with the earliest Roman cult of Hercules. While adopting much of the Greek Heracles' iconography and mythology as his own, Hercules adopted a number of myths and characteristics that were distinctly Roman. With the spread of Roman hegemony, Hercules was worshiped locally from Spain through Gaul.

Hercules's Latin name is not directly borrowed from Greek Heracles but is a modification of the Etruscan name Hercle , which derives from the Greek name via syncope , Heracles translates
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