Culture and Cosmos is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the history of astrology and cultural astronomy published in association with the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Vol 18 no 2 (Autumn/Winter 2014 will be published in July/August 2016. Vol. 19 (2015) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2013 Sophia Centre conference on Celestial Magic and is scheduled for publication in September/October 2016. Vol. 20 (2016) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2014 Sophia Centre conference on the Marriage of Heaven and Earth.

Volume 16

Inspiration from antique heroic deeds: Hercules as an astronomer

Inga Elmqvist Söderlund


In the early modern period (during the Renaissance/Baroque eras) the comparison of the astronomer and his work to a Hercules or a Herculean Effort was not unusual. The learned and intellectual Hercules was described as an ideal and put forward as exemplary. This paper explores how the comparison was presented in text and image.

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