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Hercules - Greek or Roman?
Hercules is the Roman name given to this mythological character. However, the rest of the god's and goddess's names in the movie are from the Greek interpretation of the myths (Zeus, Hermes, Ares). Hercules's name in Greek is actually Heracles, but is known more commonly by it's Roman name. If the movie was meant to tell the story to kids, Disney should have written the correct name as not to confuse them later between the Greek and Roman names.
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stblueyez on 03-16-2001
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MonkeyMan writes:
I also noticed that in that Xena Warrior Princess there was Aphrodite and Cupid in the same episode. You know same place, time and everything, but Aphrodite is Greek, but Cupid is Roman. Cupid's Greek name is Aros. That's screwy.
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ScareyedHawk writes:
Cupid is known as both Eros AND Aros
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Rebecca writes:
Disney probably did this on purpose. The Roman "Hercules" is more widely known than the Greek "Heracles" (despite the similarity in spelling and pronunciation), but the Greek deities are more widely known than their Roman counterparts. Disney isn't exactly concerned with being completely accurate in their re-tellings and other creations--compare its "Snow White" to the original Grimm Brothers' telling, and its "Hunchback of Notre Dame" to Victor Hugo's original. Who really cares how Disney presents the stories--eventually the kids who watch the movies grow up and learn the real, un-Disney-ized versions of the stories.
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Tigeris1621 writes:
Well, if you're going to complain about the names, you might as well complain about how they didn't tell the story right. In mythology, Hercules was half god because Zeus had an affair with a mortal, hence Hercules being half mortal.
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Albert writes:
Would you really take your kids to see a movie called "Heracles"??
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Alli writes:
You are talking about Xena the TV Show. This is Hercules the animated movie. Oh yes, and the proper spelling of the Greek name for Cupid is Eros, not Aros. Eros.
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Alli writes:
I believe they only called Eros "Cupid" a couple of times. The rest of the time they call him Eros. They have an episode called 'The Comedy of Eros' not the comedy of Cupid.
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ConanaBanana02 writes:
Albert-- you are so right. that made me laugh!
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