Hercules attached at the mouth by a cord to the ears of nine men; representing eloquence. Etching by C.N. Cochin and aquatint after Raphael.
- Raphael, 1483-1520.
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Hercules, seated speaks to nine men: threads emerging from his mouth are attached to one of the ears of each of the listeners. The subject is said by Lucian in his work Herakles to be depicted in a painting that he claimed to have seen in Gaul: Lucian's Gallic interpreter explained to him that the Gauls regarded Hercules, not Hermes, as the god of eloquence (Hallowell, op. cit.)