Roman statue of Hercules
In the extensively investigated Roman vicus of Güglingen, a street sanctuary is reconstructed, in which, in addition to two Jupiter giant columns, an almost life-size sandstone sculpture of the god "Hercules" was erected.
The statue of Hercules was found in a cellar near the sanctuary together with other stone monuments of religious context. Thus, he was also responsible for the commercial traffic of travels and serious trade.
Hercules was responsible for the supervision of trade contracts and was the patron god of weights, measures and proper coins.
He is depicted naked, with a club in his right hand, made from an olive tree and an apple in his left hand. Over his left forearm he wears the skin of a lion and over his chest runs the belt of his quiver for bow and arrow. The sculpture is united with the representation of a scene from his childhood, as an eight-year-old boy, as he strangles the two snakes that his stepmother Iuno put in his cradle to kill him.
- Height of the statue about 30cm