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The hero Heracles (or Hercules as he’s called in later Roman tradition). But when you read the ancient sources a bit more carefully, you notice that he wasn’t even called Heracles. His real name was Alcides but he took the name Heracles, likely a kind of reputation parasitism of the stellar myths and legends of a former man named Heracles. This is a typical tactic that characterizes psychopaths. If you’ve met a psychopath in, for example, your working life, you probably recognize this tactic.
Alcides belonged to the prominent families of prehistory. His descendants have probably added more glory to the myth, and the confusion with the stellar hero, to give themselves a special status. Over time, Heracles has come to be considered a demigod among the Greeks. The strange thing is that the ancient Greek legends still tell of a rapist and assassin. But once Heracles got his heroic status, it’s as if there’s a blindness to his abominable crimes. This is something that Heracles has in common with other historical heroes and religious role models. Many are blind to their cruelty. But why does this blindness occur?
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