- Jun 2014
- New Delhi, India
There are counterparts of Herakles in all IE mythologies, right from India to Ireland or Iceland. That establishes that he is a legend and not a historical person. The original story is a 'seasons' story.The situation was even more complicated with Heracles if he did in fact originate as a historical figure long long ago, because he would presumably have been associated with a specific place originally, but is associated all manner of different places in his fully developed mythology, and became a sort of magnet for stories not originally associated with him, and inspired bards to invent all kinds of new stories. So in the final resort I have no hesitation in saying: our Heracles is purely mythical.