The Hand of Hercules is the name given to a massive fragment of an ancient statue that was unearthed by archaeologists in Amman, the capital of Jordan. The giant hand is part of the Temple of Hercules complex (162-166 CE).
Few clues were left to help scholars unlock the mysteries of this massive half-finished, abandoned temple. But the ones that did exist were huge—albeit ambiguous. From just three gigantic fingers, one elbow, and a scattering of coins, archaeologists have agreed these marble body parts likely belonged to a massive statue of Hercules himself. The statue’s hand and its elbow can be seen by those visiting the remains of Amman’s Temple of Hercules today.
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