Posted by: the daily messenger | September 13, 2017

Nimrod Part 23: The Chair of St Peter

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The chair of Peter, with 18   panels showing the labours of Hercules The chair of Peter, with 18 panels showing the labours of Hercules (ref:  St. Peters Basilica.org)

The picture above shows the original “chair of Peter”, of which all Catholics should be familiar with.  The following information can be gleaned from the Catholic Encyclopedia:

“…The latter wood has inlaid in it a rich ornamentation of ivory. For the adornment of the front of the seat eighteen small panels of ivory have been used, on which the labours of Hercules, also fabulous animals, have been engraved; in like manner it was common at this period to ornament the covers of books and reliquaries with ivory panels or carved stones representing mythological scenes.”

Aside from the fact that this is supposed to be the chair St. Peter sat on, yet has pagan scenes on it of Hercules, what else can we learn about the “labours of Hercules” mentioned above?

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