Hercules (quote)
A quote on Hercules by Thomas Huxley (1860), wherein he describes theologians as snakes falling by the wayside of each new science, e.g. Darwin's evolution; the rendition of Hercules as a youth fighting snakes, to note, is a Greek rescript of Horus the youth battling Apep, the famous night snake that battles all the sun gods.
In religio-mythology, Hercules (Greek equivalent: Heracles; Egyptian equivalent: Horus), was a Roman god-man, the son of Jupiter (Greek equivalent: Zeus; Egyptian equivalent: Osiris) and the mortal woman Alcmene (compare: Virgin Mary; Egyptian equivalent: Isis), famous for his great strength and many adventures.

The following are related quotes:

Varro claimed to have identified forty-three bearers of the name Hercules (so Servius son Virgil, Aen. 8 564).”
Patrick Walsh (1997), notes on Cicero’s On the Nature of the Gods [1]

“The wolf was a symbol of Benjamin (the Hebrew Horus), which along with Osiris were major inspirations (role models) for Alexander. Alexander strove to invert the traditional metamorphosis of a Horus that (through death) became an Osiris. He was instead an Osiris that shed this role (also through a symbolic death) in order to become a Horus. Consistent with this, the new god Serapis could be depicted with the club of Hercules (Horus).”
— Charles Pope (2016), Alexander the Great: Beyond the Divide [2]

See also
God character equivalents
Mangnall’s Abstract of Heathen mythology

1. Cicero. (45BC). The Nature of the Gods (Introduction, translation, and notes: Patrick Walsh) (pg. 201). Oxford University Press, 1998.
2. Pope, Charles N. (2016). Alexander the Great: Beyond the Divide (pg. #). DomainOfMan.com.

External links
Hercules – Wikipedia.

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