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Hercules’ mortal father was Amphitryon and his mother was Alkmene both were from Argos. His mother and father fled to Thebes where Hercules was born. It was Zeus who lay with Alkmene and so fathered Hercules.Hera, the wife of Zeus, was always jealous of Hercules and made life difficult for him from an early age. The goddess delayed his birth so that his cousin Eurystheus would be born first and so become the ruler of Greece according to Zeus’ word. With performing his labours, Hercules is involved in many more secondary exploits such as fighting Hades to rescue Alcestis from the Underworld, killing Kyknos who waylaid pilgrims to Delphi, and joining the search for the Golden Fleece with Jason and the Argonauts.


1. Slay the Nemean Lion.2. Slay the nine-headed Lernaean Hydra.3. Capture the Golden Hind of Artemis.4. Capture the Erymanthian Boar.5. Clean the Augean stables in a single day.6. Slay the Stymphalian Birds.7. Capture the Cretan Bull.


Hercules married Megara, the daughter of Kreo, King of Thebes, and together they had five children. Hera once more interfered and drove Hercules insane so that he killed his wife and children. In desperate remorse he sought the advice of Apollo via his oracle at Delphi. The advice was for Hercules to offer his services to his cousin Eurystheus, the king of Mycenae, Tiryns, and Argos. Hera once more influenced events by persuading Eurystheus to set the hero difficult and dangerous tasks - the famous twelve labours of Hercules




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