Perseus and Herakles
In Response To: Greece and Egyptian Kings ()

Let's put our hater blockers on and keep rollin', even if they be trollin' and hopin' to catch us writin' dirty. -the DomainOfMan remix

Not knowing much didn't stop us from figuring out what was going on during the Hasmonean period.

I've already done some work toward integrating the Greek perspective. In fact, it was a naive study of the Oedipus Cycle of Sophocles that got this whole web site started. Returing to Greece is somewhat of a full circle event for me then. Even so, the bulk of Greek memories still look more like chicken bones strewn about on the ground. But maybe we can recognize some familiar patterns in those bones and at least make some predictions.

The New Kingdom Perseus very well could have been Sety-Ramose, founder of the Ramesside Dynasty. Supposedly the later "Heraclids" ("descendants of Herakles") of the Classical Period in Greece claimed this Perseus as ancestor. Archetypal Herakles (from the mythological age) also was made the successor of Perseus, even though he was not a literal son. (Horus the Younger was the true son of Horus the Elder and not Set. Set was required to defer to the younger Horus in kingship.)

Further confusing the issue, a number of New Kingdom princes were put forward as incarnations of Herakles. Thutmose III was perhaps the most outstanding example of the Herakles type in the New Kingdom. Sheshonq/Aye came after him, and he even took on the specific role of "Ham son of Noah". When Aye became old, the role of Herakles was then taken up by Sheshonq II/Aye B and Tutankhamun, but both died prematurely. The next Herakles of note was pharaoh Seti, who shared the designation with his young son Ramses, the future Ramses the Great.

To be continued ...