Probably Greek mythology’s most famous heroes, Hercules (or Herakles, if we’re being really authentic about it) had to complete 12 labours as penance for slaying his family, done under a spell of madness cast by Hera. These labours, including slaying a nine-headed snake and capturing the Cretan bull, are depicted in beautifully observed lithographs and etchings by New Zealand artist Marian Maguire, on display at the Museum of Classical Archaeology.
In them, she reimagines the hero as a 19th century colonialist exploring a new landscape and completing tasks that are both exceptional and mundane. Traditional colonial narratives are woven in, creating an exciting mix of cultures and characters. The exhibition is on until 15 August and is free to attend.