Hercules and his 12 labors

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Hercules and His 12 Labors: An Interactive Mythological Adventure by Anika Fajardo

You are the mighty Greek hero Hercules. As a half-god, you are stronger than mere humans. Youve faced many challenges. But now you face your most difficult test yet. The goddess Hera has given you a task worthy of a god--complete the dangerous 12 labors and live forever. Can you survive and win your immortality? Full-page illustrations, interactive stories, and multiple endings transport you back to ancient Greece and into Hercules adventures from Greek mythology.
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Heracles/Hercules: The 12 Labours of Heracles - (Greek/Roman Mythology Explained)

It is believed that the statues were meant to decorate a fountain located in the Boboli Gardens.
Anika Fajardo

About The 12 Labors of Hercules

Hercules performed twelve labors given to him by King Eurystheus of Tiryns. For twelve years, he traveled all over to complete these incredible tasks. NOTE: Because different ancient poets gave their own accounts of Hercules's labors, some details may vary. This monster of a lion had a hide was so tough that no arrow could pierce it. Hercules stunned the beast with his olive-wood club and then strangled it with his bare hands. It is said that he skinned the lion, using the lion's sharp claws, and ever after wore its hide.

They were accomplished over 12 years at the service of King Eurystheus. The episodes were later connected by a continuous narrative. The establishment of a fixed cycle of twelve labours was attributed by the Greeks to an epic poem , now lost, written by Peisander , dated about BC. He prayed to the god Apollo for guidance. Heracles was told to serve the king of Mycenae, Eurystheus, for twelve years. During this time, he is sent to perform twelve difficult feats, called labours.

When Heracles grew up, he had to serve Eurystheus and also suffer the vengeful persecution of Hera; his first exploit was the strangling of two serpents that she had sent to kill him in his cradle. Heracles waged a victorious war against the kingdom of Orchomenus in Boeotia and married Megara , daughter of Creon , king of Thebes , but he killed her and their children in a fit of madness sent by Hera and, consequently, was obliged to become the servant of Eurystheus. Having completed the Labours, Heracles undertook further enterprises, including warlike campaigns. He also successfully fought the river god Achelous for the hand of Deianeira. As he was taking her home, the Centaur Nessus tried to violate her, and Heracles shot him with one of his poisoned arrows. The Centaur, dying, told Deianeira to preserve the blood from his wound, for if Heracles wore a garment rubbed with it he would love none but her forever. Several years later Heracles fell in love with Iole, daughter of Eurytus, king of Oechalia.


Written by GreekBoston. Hercules is arguably the most famous demi-god of Greek mythology. He and his deeds are represented in art, literature, and film over the centuries. His deeds were even cataloged in a comic book in the s and dozens of films have been made in the last years depicting his quests. Although much more myth than man, several dynasties, such as the royal houses of Sparta in ancient Greece and the Argeads of Macedonia, claimed to descend from Hercules. Those twelve labors took him around the known world, performing impossible tasks that no one but the son of Zeus could have ever completed. But the twelve labors were not active acts of fame seeking.

The Twelve Labours of Heracles were a number of tasks that the mythical hero Heracles was told to complete by King Eurystheus. It all started when Hera , who loathed Heracles for he was a living example of her husband's infidelities, drove the hero mad, making him kill his wife Megara and his children. When he realised what he had done, he deeply regretted it and went to the Oracle of Delphi to ask for penance. There, he was told to serve Eurystheus , king of Tiryns, for twelve years; if he completed all tasks he would be given, he would become immortal. Although Heracles did not like this as he considered Eurystheus to be a lesser person than himself, he decided to follow the Oracle's advice.

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  1. The Twelve Labours of Heracles are a series of episodes concerning a penance carried out by Heracles, the greatest of the Greek heroes, whose name was.

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