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Stony Statue of Hercules Repaired for the Fifth Time



Sunday, 01 July 2001


TEHRAN The epigraph of Hercules in Bisotun, which was damaged by a group of raiders, has undergone repair, said the Director of Public Relations at the Kermanshah provincial Cultural Heritage Organization, Iraj Jalalvand on Saturday.

Jalalvand said that it is the fifth time in the past three years that the statue of Hercules has been repaired and installed.

He said that the head of the statue is 25kg and fiberglass and cannot be attached to the body due to severe damages and cracks adding that for the same reason, it is maintained at the provincial cultural heritage directorate general's office.

The torso of Hercules, which is an artistic masterpiece in Iran and the world, dates back to the Seleucids era. It lies at the heart of Bisotun Mountain, 25 kilometers from Kermanshah, IRNA quoted Jalalvand as saying.

Hercules, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, is a celebrated hero, who possesses an exceptional strength. Among his many adventures were the twelve labors for his cousin, Eurystheus, performed in order to gain immortality.



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