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    Hercules and the Celts

    The following excerpt has been translated from Jean Richepin's book "Hellenic Mythology Volume II" and relates the adventures of Hercules during his return to Hellas after the completion of his tenth task : obtaining the oxen of Geryones.

    "In order to return to Hellas, Hercules crossed many countries where he became a hero of local legend and was more or less adapted to indigenous beliefs. In Celtica, through which he traveled coming from Iberia, he allegedely founded Alesia and encountered strong opposition from the folks living in the lower Rodane area. His enemies were so many that, after his arrows were depleted and he was repeatedely wounded he was left weaponless. He then asked his father, Zeus, for help and Zeus rained a hail of stones upon his son's enemies, driving them into retreat. This is, according to legend, the origin of the stones of the Crau valley which lies between Marseille and the Rodane valley.

    A latin author relates that their quantity is such, that they appear to have fallen from the sky. Strabo has salvaged some of Aeschylus' verses, according to which Prometheus had foretold this event to Hercules.

    It is also said that the daughter of a local king, reknowned for her beauty, fell in love with Hercules although she had previously scorned all men. She hid Geryones' oxen and refused to reveal them until he had made love to her. From their union was born a son : Gaul to some, Celt to others. The land was named after him."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aghis
    The following excerpt has been translated from Jean Richepin's book "Hellenic Mythology Volume II" and relates the adventures of Hercules during his return to Hellas after the completion of his tenth task : obtaining the oxen of Geryones.

    "In order to return to Hellas, Hercules crossed many countries where he became a hero of local legend and was more or less adapted to indigenous beliefs. In Celtica, through which he traveled coming from Iberia, he allegedely founded Alesia and encountered strong opposition from the folks living in the lower Rodane area. His enemies were so many that, after his arrows were depleted and he was repeatedely wounded he was left weaponless. He then asked his father, Zeus, for help and Zeus rained a hail of stones upon his son's enemies, driving them into retreat. This is, according to legend, the origin of the stones of the Crau valley which lies between Marseille and the Rodane valley.

    A latin author relates that their quantity is such, that they appear to have fallen from the sky. Strabo has salvaged some of Aeschylus' verses, according to which Prometheus had foretold this event to Hercules.

    It is also said that the daughter of a local king, reknowned for her beauty, fell in love with Hercules although she had previously scorned all men. She hid Geryones' oxen and refused to reveal them until he had made love to her. From their union was born a son : Gaul to some, Celt to others. The land was named after him."
    I remember that some scientists believe that Greeks is a part of the Celts and they separated very early from them. Theosofy believes that the leader/master of the celtic tribe, was the mythological ancient Greek Orfeas.

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