The Hero


• What do Herakles’ lion skin and club symbolize?

• What was the most important characteristic of the hero, ever since he was a baby?

• What were the labors of Herakles and what was the purpose of the feats he had to go through?

• How did they shape his character (moral fiber, knowledge, and prudence)?


• For the ancient Greeks to consider a human act a feat, it had to stand out for other values beyond its degree of difficulty. What do you think these might be?


• On the vase, the peak and the decline of beauty are depicted through the representations of the two bodies.

→ What elements make up the beauty of Herakles? Could we talk about beauty in the depiction of Geras as well? What elements would make up this beauty?

• What is considered a feat in our time?