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Hercules - Greek Mythology

Hercules is one of the most popular and well-known Greek heroes sometimes referred to as Herakles. The legend of Hercules begins with his birth. Zeus was in love with a Greek woman by the name of Alcmene. Alcmene became pregnant by Zeus. Hera who was Zeus’s god wife was so angry that she tried in every way to prevent the birth of this child. She did not succeed and to cause her even more pain and anger, the child was named Herakles, which translates to mean “glorious gift of Hera”. Hera sent snakes into the crib with Hercules in the hopes of killing this child; however, Hercules was so strong even as an infant that he strangled each snake with his bare hands before even one could bite.

Because of Hera’s hatred toward him, Hercules had a very troubled life. She caused him to go mad and kill his wife and children among many other labors. There are 12 main labors that everyone is accustomed to hearing about which include The Lion, The Hydra, The Hind, The Boar, The Stables, The Birds, The Bull, The Horses, The Belt, The Cattle, The Apples, and the Cerebus.

Along with these labors, Hercules was as well known for fighting off villains as Superman is today. He rescued several damsels in distress including Hesione, fought against immortals such as Apollo, and aided in the battle against the Giants when they tried to take over Mount Olympus.


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