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Hercules with Telephus

Title: Hercules with Telephus
Site: Belgrade Fortress
Location/Region: Belgrade
Chrolonology: 1 AD - 500
Museum: National Museum in Belgrade
Country: Serbia
Culture: Roman
Closer Dating: 3rd century AD
Material: Marble
Dimensions: H 83,5 cm
Production Technique: Carving

Grbić M. 1958, Odabrana grčka i rimska plastika u Narodnom muzeju, Beograd, Srejović D., Cermanović - Kuzmanović, A. 1987, Rimska skulptura u Srbiji, Beograd

Tomović, M. 1992, Roman Sculpture in Upper Moesia, Beograd


The statue of a naked Hercules is set on a profiled cubical pedestal of a trapezoid base. The body weight is on the right leg while the left one is slightly pulled to a side. Up to the middle of an upper arm is missing. Hercules is holding Telef on his left arm that is covered with lion skin. Telef is holding toes with his both hands. Most part of the left arm is missing. There is an animal standing next to Hercules’ legs. Its head and most part of a neck are missing.