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Greek Mythology: Heracles

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Victoria Dat

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Greek Mythology: Heracles
Description of Heracles
Heracles is a demi- god.
He is courageous, brave, he has superhuman strength and he is determined.
He had 12 Labours which was his quest.
Heracles died because of his bride. When he was taking her home a centaur had attacked.

Heracles manged to kill him, but the centaur lied to his bride Deinaeira and told her to take some of his blood.

He told her it will act as a love potion, if she thought Heracles were to ever not be interested into her.

One day she secretly took some and put it on a tunic and gave it to him.

Unfortunately the centaur lied, the blood was not a love potion put a terrible toxin from the poison from the arrow Heracles had killed the centaur with.
Heracles's Birth:
His Birth Story:
Alcmena's husband is Amphitryon.

Zeus had disguised himself as her husband.

Alcmena had sons with both Zeus, and Amphitryon.

Zeus is the father of Heracles and Amphitryon is the father of Iphicles.
Family Tree:
By: Victoria Dat
His father was Zeus and his mother was Alcmena (also spelled as Alcmene). (Essential)

His father is the ruler of the gods, he is specifically the god of the sky, and the ruler of Mount Olympus.

His mother was mortal.

Heracles has a twin brother named Iphicles.

Iphicles is not
Zeus's Son.

Heracles can be spelled as Hercules!
During his eleventh labor which was the golden apples of Hesperides, Heracles says "I can do anything!" Towards Hesperides.
Early Life:
The Quest:
His Death:
The Journey:
After his funeral Athena bought Heracles to Mount Olympus which is the home of the gods.
There he was changed to be an immortal god.
Hera and Heracles finally reconciled

Hera allowed Heracles to marry her daughter Hebe.
He lived among the other gods thereafter.
How his story started.
When Heracles was born, Zeus's queen Hera was jealous of Him.

When he was only two weeks old, she sent snakes to try and kill him. (Skidmore)

Fortunately, Heracles strangled the snakes and lived.

Soon after, Hera made him go into a fit of rage which caused him to murder his wife and kids.

Heracles prayed to Apollo, who told him he had to complete twelve labours.
Heracles had married Megara and had three children.
He was raised from his mother and adoptive father; Amphitryon.

In his early childhood, his name was changed from Alceaus to Hercules.

His new name meant, "the glory of Hera".

At a young age, many gods and goddesses helped him.

He was taught many things, like how to fight (by Autolycus the son of Hermes), use weapons (by Kastor), and how to drive a chariot (by Amphitryon). His knowledge was enriched by Rhadamanthys.

He was also taught music from Linos (Linus) who was the son of Apollo. Linos was killed by Heracles with a Lyre while teaching him music.
The quest started after Heracles went to Apollo for help.

Apollo had told him that he has to complete twelve labours.

On these twelve quest, all he had was his strength, skills, and his knowledge.

Occasionally, during some of his labours a god or goddess would help him.
Heracles's 12 Labours:
Heracles did complete each labour.
Heracles's 12 Labours:
Labour One: The Nemean Lion

Labour Two: Hydra

Labour Three: The Cerynitian Hind

Labour Four: The Erymanthian Boar

Labour Five: The Augean Stables

Labour Six: The Stymphalian Birds

Labour Seven: The Cretan Bull

Labour Eight: The Mares of Diomedes

Labour Nine: Hippolyte's Belt

Labour Ten: The Cattle of Geryon

Labour Eleven: The Apples of the Hesperides

Labour Twelve: The Capture of Ceberus (Thinkquest)
How Heracles accomplished the quest:
Heracles was able to complete his twelve labours.

He had occasional help from his nephew Lolaus. (

He also had help from some gods, and goddesses on the way.

His strength, and determined self lead him to accomplish all this.

He was accused of not completing two labours, so he was given two more to prove himself.

The added two labours make a total of twelve.

After completing all labours he was able to be pardoned for his sins.
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