Interest in mythology is in our blood. It is no secret that ancient mythology influenced the development of European culture, leaving an indelible imprint on it. However, there are myths that are little known to the general public and therefore need to be popularized. It was such myths that were included in the collection of plays by Nikita T “The Return of Theseus.”
The following plays were included in this collection:
Theseus’s return is a play about the journey of the legendary hero Hellas to the afterlife of Hades in order to kidnap the beautiful Persephone;
The Marriage of Poseidon is a play about finding a bride for Poseidon;
Diogenes is a play about little-known pages of the biography of the ancient Greek writer and philosopher Diogenes;
Hercules or the man who became God is a play about the birth of the legendary hero of antiquity.
All these plays are voiced by the wonderful announcer Alexei Shulgin. You can appreciate the quality of voice acting by purchasing one of the plays – The Return of Theseus on the Litres Platform – https://www.litres.ru/audiobook/nikita-t-31869036/vozvraschenie-teseya-69649546/. In the near future, other audiobooks of this series will appear on this platform.
I would like to draw your attention to one of the plays included in Nikita T’s book “The Return of Theseus” – “Hercules or the Man Who Became God.”
Heracles is a hero in ancient Greek religion and mythology, the son of Zeus and the mortal woman Alkmena. Zeus carefully “prepared” the birth of Hercules, he married mortal women three times so that after 12 generations this great hero would appear. Hercules himself belongs to the thirteenth generation. Hercules is a hero of the heyday of classical, Olympic mythology in the middle of the 2nd millennium BC. e., this is not a local hero (like Meleager, Bellerophon, etc.), but a general Greek, combining physical strength and mental acuity.
A brief background to Nikita T’s play “Hercules or the Man Who Became a God”
As befits great heroes, Hercules has two fathers – the divine (Zeus) and the earthly (Tirinthian king Amphitrion). However, the hero is destined for the fate of not only exploits, but, as a mortal, suffering and painful death. His fate depends on Hera, the jealous consort of Zeus, pursuing Zeus’ beloved and his illegitimate descendants.
Waiting for his birth, Zeus in the collection of gods swore that the kingdom in Mycenae would receive one of the descendants of the hero Perseus, who would be born at the hour established by God. But Hera delayed the birth of Alkmena and accelerated the birth of Eurystheus, also a descendant of Perseus, by two months. He reigned in Mycenae and Tirynthos, and was to be served by Hercules, performing great feats and being at the behest of the gods depending on an insignificant man and a vengeful Hera. Falling into madness, sent by the Hero, or by the will of a sad case, Hercules destroys his loved ones. Having regained consciousness, he goes to clean up in Delphi. The oracle commands him to bear the name Hercules (before that his name was Alkid) and settle in Tirynthos, where for 12 years he must serve Eurystheus and perform 12 feats, after which he will receive immortality.
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