Thomas W. Hodgkinson

The Greek myths are always with us

Richard Buxton demonstrates how Icarus, Hercules and Odysseus, among others, remain firmly rooted in the popular imagination

An exhibition in Moscow in 2014 presents Putin performing equivalents of the 12 Labours of Hercules. [Getty Images]

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