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see HerculesHercules
, Heracles,
or Herakles
, most popular of all Greek heroes, famous for extraordinary strength and courage. Alcmene, wife of Amphitryon, made love to both Zeus and her husband on the same night and bore two sons, Hercules (son of Zeus) and Iphicles
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The Knight's Dream (London National Gallery, c.1503) is a misnomer for a painting which should properly be called Hercules at the Crossroads or The Choice of Hercules. The representation of Hercules as a suave, slender knight in Renaissance half-armour and leggings has misled some critics into thinking that it depicts a thinly related incident in Cicero's Dream of Scipio, and the present title is a vague compromise.