The 12 Labors of
Driven mad by Hera, Hercules killed his
As punishment, he was sentences to
serve the King Eurystheus for 12 years.
His twelve labors seemed impossible, but
by the end, he was indeed Greece’s
The Nemean Lion
The Nemean Lion would take women
hostage and lure warriors into its cave so it
could it could kill them
Hercules was sent to slay the lion, he tried
to kill it with his arrows, however the lions
golden fur made it impenetrable.
Hercules corned it in its cave and
strangled it. He then used its own claws to
skin the lion, and wore its fur as a cape.
The Lernean Hydra
Hercules took his nephew Iolaus with him
to defeat the monster. Hercules drew the
beast into the open by shooting fire arrows
into its lair.
Hercules hacked at the monsters nine
heads however when he cut off one a
second would grow back. And one head
was purely invincible.
The Lernean Hydra
Finally found a way to defeat it; Hercules
would chop off a head and Iolaus would
cauterize the stump with a torch,
preventing more heads from growing out
of it. Athena sent Hercules a golden sword
to chop off the final, invincible blade.
The Hind of Ceryneia
Hercules was assigned to capture
Ceryneia, Artemis’ sacred hind (it was an
attempt to upset Artemis as well as
The hind could outrun anything, and
Hercules spent a whole year chasing it,
until it shot it with an arrow as it was about
to cross a stream.
On his way to Eurystheus he encountered
The Hind of Ceryneia
Artemis, who was enraged that he was
about to kill her sacred animal. He told her
why he had to do it and she forgave him,
healing the animal but allowing him to take
it to Eurystheus.
When he gave it to Eurystheus,
completing his task, the animal bounded
The Erymanthean Boar
The Erymanthean Boar lived on a
mountain and attacked the villages
surrounding the mountain.
He chased it around the mountain,
shouting, and it hid in a thicket where
Hercules speared it to death
The Augean Stables
Tasked to clean the stables of the Greek
King Augea, who owned the most cattle in
all of Greece, in one day.
At night, when all the cattles were in the
stables, he tore a huge hole in opposite
walls of the stables. He then dug a trench
from a nearby river, leading into the
stables. The water flowed through one
hole and out the other, cleaning the stable
The Stymphalian Birds
Tasked to kill a large flock of possibly
man-eating birds near Lake Stymphalos
Sent a pair of bronze krotala, noise
makers, from Athena. He climbed a
nearby mountain and clashed the magic
noise makers together causing all the
birds to take flight.
He then shot them all done with his arrow.
The Cretan Bull
Hercules traveled from Peloponnese to Crete in
order to capture a savage bull.
The king, Minos, gave him authority to bring the
bull back to Eurystheus.
To capture the bull, Hercules made a lasso and
chased the bull until it was tired. Then he rode it
across the sea to the palace.
He offered it to Hera as a sacrifice, but she did
not approve, and so the bull was sent to run free
The Horses of Diomedes
Diomedes, a Thracian chief, kept 4 savage
mares which ate the flesh of strangers.
Hercules, got a hold of the chief, and
threw him to his own mares to be
devoured. After which, the mares grew
Hercules brought them back to the palace
of Eurystheus, offered them to Hera, and
then set them free.
The Belt of Hippolyte
Hercules is sent to retrieve the girdle/leather belt
of Hippolyte (authority over the Amazon) for
Admeta, the daughter of king Eurystheus.
Hippolyte agreed, but Hera was not happy about
this, and appeared saying that Hercules was
trying to kidnap her.
The people of the Amazon charged towards
Hercules, and in his fear of betrayal, he killed the
Queen and took her girdle back to Eurystheus.
Hercules had to travel to the end of the world to obtain
He had to kill the sentinels and their masters and lead
the cattle over land and sea.
Geryon had 3 bodies, 6 arms, 6 legs and 3 heads and
his appearance was that of a warrior.
When Heracles reached Erytheia, he came upon the
two-headed dog Orthrus, which he had to kill.
Cacus, the fire-breathing giant, took a portion of the herd
while the hero slept, Hercules found the herd in a cave
because they called to each other. Hercules then killed
Hera sent a biting horse fly, a flood, and another
woman/serpent monster to try and break up the herd, but
Hercules still succeeded.
The Apples of the Hesperides
Hercules was told to pluck three apples from the tree of
Hesperides (evening nymphs).
The tree was guarded by the 100-headed serpent,
Hercules freed Prometheus, who advised him to seek
the help of his brother, Atlas.
Atlas was cursed to hold the world on his shoulders, but
Hercules agreed to hold it while Atlas fetched him the
When Atlas returned, he refused to take back the world,
so Hercules tricked him by pretending to enjoy it, then
asking Atlas to just “hold it for a second”.
The last task was for Hercules to capture and
bring back the guard dog of the underworld.
With the help of Athena and Hermes, he
released Theseus, who was chained to a rock,
and came face to face with Hades.
Hades allowed Hercules to take the cerberus,
only if no weapons were used. So, Hercules
wrestled the beast with his bear hands, then
carrying it back to the king on his shoulders.
The king was terrified, and told Hercules he
would be freed from his labors if the beast was
brought back to the underworld.