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Hymn to Heracles the Lion-Hearted

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Hymn to Heracles the Lion-Hearted – my evocation of the style of melody which may once have accompanied a recitation of this Homeric Hymn to Heracles:

“I will sing of Heracles, the son of Zeus and much the mightiest of men on earth. Alcmena bare him in Thebes, the city of lovely dances, when the dark-clouded Son of Cronos had lain with her. Once he used to wander over unmeasured tracts of land and sea at the bidding of King Eurystheus, and himself did many deeds of violence and endured many; but now he lives happily in the glorious home of snowy Olympus, and has neat-ankled Hebe for his wife.

Hail, lord, son of Zeus' Give me success and prosperity.”

This piece is in the ancient Greek Dorian mode – which as mentioned earlier, was the favoured musical mode of Plato, who argues in “The Republic”, that this to be the most manly of the modes, capable of inspiring bravery in battle.