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Message started by rob on Jun 28th, 2004 at 6:33am

Title: Herakles....the slinger? :)
Post by rob on Jun 28th, 2004 at 6:33am
found this Greek vase with Herakles attacking the Stymphalion Birds as a slinger. Herakles is typically depicted as an archer, so i thought it was neat.

http://www.beazley.ox.ac.uk/CGPrograms/Dict/image/stymphalian-birds2.jpg

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Post by mgreenfield on Jun 28th, 2004 at 10:24am
....with elbow high like that, I'd say he's an underhander.  mgreenfield

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Post by JohnHorn on Jun 28th, 2004 at 9:44pm
Awesome find, rob :)

Perhaps this shows us that they considered it a great weapon to hunt for birds?

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Post by rob on Jun 29th, 2004 at 6:17am
yes. especially birds that eat human flesh and rain down their metal feathers like arrows.... :)

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Post by Douglas on Jun 29th, 2004 at 11:09am
I am convinced that this is the "reload" position, really the only way to get control of the sling and reinsert a stone without having to chase the release node around...

And couldn't Heracles have handled a bigger stone? :)

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Post by David_T on Jun 29th, 2004 at 7:07pm
This picture is the way I stand to do my overhand, no rotations slinging. Cool find!

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Post by longwinger on Jun 29th, 2004 at 8:49pm
I am convinced that this is the "reload" position, really the only way to get control of the sling and reinsert a stone without having to chase the release node around...

With a little practice the release end can be recovered with the right hand by simply swinging the sling forward and underhanded, when it gets fully extended it will  snap back and almost jumps into your hand, very easy to catch. This leaves the left hand free to get another stone out of your pocket.
Herakles looks ready to fire, to me.

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Post by slingbadger on Jul 3rd, 2006 at 10:39am
Wouldn't suprise me if Herakles did have a sling, even if it is not specifically mentioned. As to handling a larger stone, remember, there is only so much room on the amphora to portay things. If they portayed the stone in proportion to Herakles, there would be no room for anything else.

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