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Antiquity Double Sided Coin featuring Zeus holding his Eagle on one side and the Head of Hercules, wearing the lion's skin on the other side.
Zeus is the god of the sky in ancient Greek mythology. As the chief Greek deity, Zeus is considered the ruler, protector, and father of all gods and humans. The Eagle of Zeus was a giant, golden eagle which served as Zeus' personal messenger and animal companion. According to some it was once a mortal king named Periphas, whose virtuous rule was so celebrated that he was came to be honoured like a god. Zeus, in anger, would have smote him with a thunderbolt, but Apollon intervened and transformed the king into an eagle and set him beside the throne of Zeus. According to others Zeus adopted the eagle when it first appeared to him before the Titan War as a sign of good omen. Eagles were considered the most prominent of birds in classical antiquity.
Hercules is the Roman equivalent of the Greek divine hero Heracles, God of strength and heroes and son of Jupiter and the mortal Alcmene. In classical mythology Hercules is famous for his strength and for his numerous far-ranging adventures.
In Roman mythology, although Hercules was seen as the champion of the weak and a great protector, his personal problems started at birth. Juno sent two witches to prevent the birth, but they were tricked by one of Alcmene’s servants and sent to another room. Juno then sent serpents to kill him in his cradle, but Hercules strangled them both. In one version of the myth, Alcmene abandoned her baby in the woods in order to protect him from Juno's wrath, but he was found by the goddess Minerva who brought him to Juno, claiming he was an orphan child left in the woods who needed nourishment. Juno suckled Hercules at her own breast until the infant bit her nipple, at which point she pushed him away, spilling her milk across the night sky and so forming the Milky Way. She then gave the infant back to Minerva and told her to take care of the baby herself. In feeding the child from her own breast, the goddess inadvertently imbued him with further strength and power.
18k Gold Filled Antiquity Coin with a 14k Gold Plated chain.
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