Antaios

Detail from Athenian red-figure calyx-crater, about 550-500 BC. Paris, Musée du Louvre G103Herakles wrestles Antaios off the ground. Gem impression, Berlin collection 8236A Libyan Giant who is slain by Herakles in a wrestling match. Only in later classical art is shown the motif of Herakles lifting Antaios from the ground whence (from his mother Earth, Ge) he might regain his strength.

Above left: Detail from Athenian red-figure calyx-crater, about 550-500 BC. Paris, Musée du Louvre G103 © Musée du Louvre, Paris

Above right: Herakles wrestles Antaios off the ground. Gem impression, Berlin collection 8236 © Furtwängler