lunedì 2 febbraio 2015
The Open Court, magazine 1887, divinità celtiche.
ALTAR OF BEAUNE. TRICEPHALUS AT RHEIMS. The Gauls call Hercules in their own language Ogmios, butthey picture him quite different than the Greeks and indeed strangeenough. I have seen his portraiture once where he is represented asan old bald-headed man, his hair gray as much as there is left of it,his face full of wrinkles and of as swarthy a complexion as that ofold sailors. One might have taken him for Charon or lapetus orsome other inhabitant of Tartarus, indeed for anything but for Her-cules. But his dress was quite Herculian, for he carried the lion 730 THE OPEN COURT. skin on his back, a club in his right hand, a bow in his left and aquiver over his shoulder. In this respect he was a true Hercules.My first thought was that this burlesque figure had been drawn forthe purpose of ridiculing the Greek gods, perhaps in revenge for therobberies which Hercules had committed in Gaul, when he wassearching for the oxen of Geryon. The most peculiar feature of this picture I have not yet t