|ROMAN BRONZE INFANT HERAKLES KILLING A SNAKE
Son of Zeus and Alkmene. The name Herakles means "glorious gift of Hera" in Greek, and that got Hera angry, so she tried to kill the baby by sending snakes into his crib; but he strangled the snakes, one in each hand, before they could bite him.
2nd Century AD
H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.)
Ex European private collection acquired in the 1970s.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2010, no. 60.