The Whitley Castle altar has been described above .
The Whitley Castle altar has been described above (fig. 14.39 and note 109). There is a small votive relief found near Colerne, Wilts., which has been identified as Hercules and the Hydra. The hero is towering over three diminutive snake-like figures. The stone is very weathered and much defaced, but its coarseness is beyond doubt. One expects military sculpture to be massive and crude, and this is very true of a Hercules scene from Corbridge from the Chapel of the Standards in the western principia (Site xiv). In this scene, a stiff muscular hero has a large, heavy club raised in his right hand and he advances towards his objective. This can only be defined by a large claw-like grasp on his left forearm, which could be identified as a tentacle of the Hydra. A diminutive figure of Minerva appears to be directing operations from the rear. By far the most detailed and satisfactory portrayals of Hercules and
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