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Hercules Righetti
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In a Vatican room of sculptures, Hercules (Heracles) of the Theater of Pompey<br>Hercules Righetti
04-MAY-2006 Andrys

In a Vatican room of sculptures, Hercules (Heracles) of the Theater of Pompey
Hercules Righetti

Museo Pio-Clementino, Sala Rotunda, Vatican Museum, Rome, Italy

I was standing in line and this was next to me, behind a rope.

Here's a very large image at Wikimedia Commons.  And a smaller one in context.


From Wikimedia Commons:   The statue was found neatly buried under tiles with the inscription
“FCS” (“fulgor conditum summanium”), indicating that it was struck by lightning
then buried on the spot. Gilt bronze, Roman artwork of the 2nd century CE.

See photographs of how it was found, at The Pompey Project - Excavations and Early Studies.

Fascinating article on Recreating Pompey.  Here's what the area looks like today.

Brings to mind
"I cudda been a contenduh."

Canon PowerShot S410
1/400s f/7.1 at 7.4mm iso400 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
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Andrys Basten29-Jun-2008 01:18
MANY thanks to "Guest" for the identification! I will look up more info using that.
Guest 28-Jun-2008 18:05
Hercules of the Theatre of Pompey
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