Something I've been wondering forever: why is the Greek demigod Heracles almost exclusively known by the name of his Roman equivalent, Hercules? Just about every other Greek mythological figure is known by their Greek name, but practically nobody says Heracles when referring to this figure.
I once asked a mythology professor I had in college about it and she literally just said "I dunno."
I personally think Hercules is catchier. Same way that Zeus is more memorable than Jupiter, or Hades and Pluto (because, let's face it, what comes first to mind of the everyman, the celestial dwarf/planet, the god, or the cartoon dog?).
I really think that is just your perception, or perhaps because of its usage in English?, I'd say over here in bumfuck nowhere, Europe, we use both. Heracles Almelo is a dutch football club for example.
Etruscan mediation in the Latin language since when the Etruscans adopted the worship of Hercules from the Greeks the second vowel in the name was deleted due to syncope, leading to his being called "Hercle"
so from this we can deduce that the Romans adopted the worship of Hercules not from the Greeks but from the Etruscans which led to his eventually being deemed "Herakles"
also the Oscan speaking people of Campania called him "Herekleis"
My guess would be that he's better represented on the Roman side, as he fits the Roman ideal of strength way better than the Greek virtues.
Let's look at the gods of war as comparison: the Greeks sort of resented the aggressive mind of Ares and actually preferred the strategic mind of Athena as goddess of war, meanwhile the Romans make Mars the symbol of masculinity and succes, so we never hear of Ares, but Mars' a fucking planet.
I think it's been going on longer than the Disney movie, although that's certainly contributed. There was the 90's "Hercules" TV show here in the US, and I'm pretty sure some old Superman comics back in the day referred to him as a "modern-day Hercules" or something along those lines, although I can't find a source.
It's worth mentioning that America's had its Romaboo phases, although that wouldn't explain why it seems to apply to Hercules more often than other mythological figures.
>Just about every other Greek mythological figure is known by their Greek name
Ask anyone who's the god of love/war/sea without specifying in which mythology and most will answer Venus/Mars/Neptune, they are more well known then their greek counterparts.