Who Was Hercules by rashiali124

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									 Hercules was a figure in Greek mythology, but who was this heroic god? Here is a brief detail of this
great character as we found him on the colorful pages of Greek Mythology. Greeks called him Heracules,
While the Romans named him “Hercules” and the name has got fame till date. All of his life he had to
face hardships and obstacles due to another female character Hera who was the wife of the god Zeus.
Hera spent the all of her life trying to make the young boy’s life miserable by trying very hard to kill him.
She started her quest very early in the boy’s life, sending two serpents to bite and kill the tiny infant.
Hercules was able to strangle both of the vipers before their attack.
Hercules married Megara, and had a family with her. Hera continued her quest to distress Hercules by
sending him into a phase of madness. During that time Hercules killed his beloved wife and their children.
A trial was initiated at Delphi, and they decided that Hercules should serve the King Eurystheus at Tiryns
for a period of 12 years to repent for his crimes. At the end of that period of time, Hercules would be
purified.

As Hercules’ service, King Eurystheus ordered him to perform 12 duties, which were called “labors.” To
begin, his first labor dictated that Hercules kill a lion near the place of his birth, Thebes. Wearing the skin
as a trophy, people were impressed that Hercules was able to mortally wound the savage beast.

Hercules’ second labor meant killing the feared serpent, Hydra of Lerna. Hydra had various heads, which
frustrated Hercules because they were able to regenerate almost instantly after they were cut off. He
realized that he was getting nowhere with the dreaded Hydra. Hercules enlisted the help of his nephew
Iolaus, whom he had brought with him, to burn each neck of the Hydra with fire immediately after each
head was cut off. Hercules would cut off a head, and Iolaus would set out to disable it. This worked until
they both realized that one of Hydra’s heads was not to be stopped by the fire. Hercules buried this
particular head underneath a rock and took his arrows out of his pouch, dousing them all with Hydra’s
blood. The poisoned arrows would be invaluable to Hercules as he pursued his labors, but they would
also lead to his undoing.

Hercules was able to capture the giant boar of Erymanthus as his third labor, and the golden-horned stag
of Arcadia for this fourth labor. Now over a third of the way finished with his gigantic labor burden, he was
able to remove a flock of birds with arrows for feathers from a woods near Lake Stymphalus. This birds
had the capability to shoot people with their arrow-feathers and Hercules successfully drove them from
the populated area. For his sixth labor, Hercules was able to construct two rivers to flow through King
Augeas’ stables. These rivers cleaned the stables, and this labor was the last of the first six labors of
Hercules. The following six labors took him far from his homeland, and once completed, would grant him
immortality.

Hercules had to travel all the way to Crete to perform his seventh labor: to capture the bull belonging to
King Minos. After that success, he herded the human-eating horses of King Diomedes all the way from
Thrace to Eurytheus, feeding the stunned King Diomedes to them along the way. This meal rendered
them unable to eat humans again.

To complete his ninth labor, Hercules got the belt belonging to the queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta, as a
reward for prevailing in a battle with her. For his tenth labor, Hercules stole the animals belonging to
Geryon, an especially feared monster. He completed his eleventh duty by stealing the wonderful Golden
Apples of Hesperides from the Tree of Life. He completed his labors by actually going into the feared
underworld of the dead and catching the three-headed watchdog Cerberus. He brought the watchdog to
the upperworld.

After fully successfully completing the 12 assigned labors, Hercules got married again, this time to the
princess Deiaira. When she was threatened and harassed by Nessus, Hercules shot the perpetrator with
one of his poisoned arrows. As Nessus lay dying, he advised Deiaira that if she were ever to lose
Hercules’ love, she could put some of Nessus’ blood on Hercules’ robe and she would be able to have
him back. Hercules did fall in love with Iola, another princess, and Deiaira remembered the dying Nessus’
advice. She did not know, though, that the blood of Nessus’ had been poisoned by the same poisoned
arrow that killed him, and Hercules became burned over almost his entire body when he put the robe on.
In terrible agony, he begged to be put onto a funeral fire to be relieved of his misery. In no time, his body
was incinerated, and was taken to the home of the gods, Mount Olympus, where Hercules became a god.

Hercules’ twelve labors were successfully carried out, which solidified his place in Greek mythology. The
mighty Hercules could not be stopped, and in modern times, his name represents extreme strength.

								
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