The Puzzler on Oct 16 2008, 11:55 AM, said:
I will do more checking on the beginnings of Tyre, thanks for reminding me of that, but as you can see Heracles is not a Greek God but an ancient Egyptian one who is indeed according to them 17,000 years immortal. I have included so much text from Herodotus for you to read since it is all inclusive about Heracles and many people don't know he was an Egyptian God before a Greek one, note also that they didn't know about or have Poseidon as a God, I believe he was Phoenician, father of Sidon.
I find all of Herodotus work absolutely fascinating and never tire of reading it.
I understand now, thanks for clarifying. I thought you were stating that Egyptian culture was over 17,000 years old, but you are referring to Herodotus. The same exaggeration of the passage of time applies - only more so - in this, imo. It was important for Egypt and their prestige that they be seen as predating all other civilisations, so I think a bit of creative license by the teller of this tale to Herodotus is warranted in this instance.
It would not be beyond probability, also, that the one who told Herodotus of Heracles being an ancient Egyptian god was simply enagaging in 'one-upmanship' by co-opting the Greek hero and god and implying the god was already known to them. I can't find any reference to a Heracles in ancient Egyptian mythology, except during and after the Hellenic period. There is an Egyptian god, Heryshaf, who was later identified (loosely) with Heracles, but identifying one cultures' god with a god of another culture happened all the time. it does not mean Heracles was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians.