Tuesday, September 15, 2009

When Busiris tried to sacrifice Heracles

I would like to go through a few more items before leaving the world of Heracles. Here is a vase painting depicting a scene from a side story that took place during the travels preceding the eleventh labour.

It was said that Heracles came to Egypt during his travels and was captured by the king at that time, Busiris. Now, Egypt had suffered from starvation for nine years and a seer prophesized that they had to sacrifice a strange once every year – the first one was the seer himself and the king decided that Heracles was next up when he came to the land years later.

The hero however didn’t agree with Busiris and he burst his bonds and slew the king and his son.

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