Hercules, Wroxeter Roman City


English Heritage

English Heritage
United Kingdom

This carved head, a rather crude, provincial effort, depicts Hercules and was probably from a temple dedicated to Hercules. The identification as Hercules comes from the lion’s skin cape he wears. The darker colour of his eyes indicates that this piece of sculpture may originally have been painted. The child of Zeus and a mortal woman, Hercules was a demi-god. He was a hugely popular hero in classical legends, admired for his strength, courage, ingenuity and sexual prowess.


  • Title: Hercules, Wroxeter Roman City
  • Date Created: Roman
  • Location: Wrest Park Collections Store
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: h 300 mm x w 230 mm x d 370 mm
  • Type: Carving
  • Original Source: WREST PARK
  • Rights: English Heritage
  • Medium: Stone

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