Son of Zeus and Alcmene the woman who seduced the god in the form of her husband, Amphitryon, king of Thebes. He also had a twin brother, Iphicles, which was a night and the youngest son of Amphitryon.
Heracles was one of the most popular heroes of Greek mythology, and many of his tricks were constantly brought to life in art and literature. In the whole of Greece, was worshiped as a god or a hero. He was a patron of athletics, and one of the founding myths of its Olympic Games. He believed that to ward off evil.
Hera was his constant tormentor, that crazy jealosy its association with the husband’s mother sparked riots Heracles, the hero of many. When Heracles was a baby in the crib, sent two serpents strangled the child, one in each hand. So did angry for a while, it was murder their children with Megara.
In addition to these
induced frenzies Hera, Heracles was a very brutal character. Her music teacher that he killed with his lyre in a fit of anger. When he was eighteen years old he killed a lion, and the rest of his life, he wears his skin.
There are many stories of Heracles. Thank you to him the gods defeated the Giants, because they could not beat them if a mortal would fight with them. As a young man he defeated enemies Thebes and as a reward from King Creon of Thebes gave him his daughter Megara. His constant companion was Iolaus,
Who was also his nephew.
The best-known stories about Hecacles twelve labors. Ready to commit suicide after killing his son, he was told that the oracle at Delphi to do it and cleaned himself off with his cousin King Eurystheus of Mycenae and do what the king said.
The first task was to kill the Nemean lion, which he did with his bare hands. This frightened the king so he would not let Heracles within the walls of Mycenae; hero had his trophy to show off the walls.
The second job is to fight the Hydra, a nine-headed monster immortal. If a severed head, two infants in place. Hercules defeated the Hydra with the help of his friend Iolaus. Every time a cut head, neck Iolaus burned with fire, so it could not grow new heads. When all the leaders were out of the monster that was buried under a pile of stones. Heracles dipped his arrows in the blood of the Hydra, which mortals.
The third paper
Was to capture Cerynitic hind legs, which has revived Mycenae.
The fourth work of catching a terrible boar that lived in the mountains in northern Arcadia Erymanthus.
The fifth work for purifying Augean stable Kong “of Elis in the Peloponnese. The team was huge and full of manure, and Heracles cleaned by the two largest rivers in it.
The sixth labor was to kill the birds monster Stymphalos North Arcadia, which has made it through Athena.
The seventh labor was to capture the Cretan bull, which was either a father or a bull Minotaur, who had reported in Europe. Heracles brought to Mycenae, but let it go, and walked away with Theseus, Attica was later to fight against it.
The work of the eight was to capture the king of the horses of Diomedes man Trace eat. Heracles killed the king and the captured horses, and founded the city of Abdera.
The ninth labor was to obtain the girdle of Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons. He beat both and gave it to him willingly.
Tenth of the work was to restore the herds of the giant island Eurytion Erytheia. On the way to this place in West Oceanos had to go through the Atlas Mountains, through the creation of the Pillars of Hercules – Gibraltar today. He made the island a Sungod cup, and killed orthros Eurytion and dog. Sociable, the Brough returned to Greece.
The eleventh labor was to bring back the golden apples of the Hesperides. According to one version, he killed the dragon guarding the apples and took them. In a second, he went to the Atlas, the father of the Hesperides. Heracles took the sky on his shoulders while Atlas fetched the apples, but when he returned, he would not bear the burden of the sky again. Heracles tells him to keep the sky for a brief moment when he put a pillow over his shoulders, and then misled Atlas to take his position again.
The twelfth and final labor was to bring the three title dod Cerberus, that guards Hades, he did.
When these labor Heracles was his punishment, and married Deianira, whose father was the son of Poseidon Antaeus. When Heracles killed the centaur Nessus attacked his wife, the dying centaur told Deianira to save some ‘of his blood and take a dip in the tunic. If sometimes necessary to ensure a love of Heracles, everything that had to do was do use the tunic.
Later, blood was shown to be poision centaur, and could not descend, slowly poisoning him to death and causing him great pain. Heracles then mounted on the pyre and was deified by marrying Hebe in the bush. Olympus.
There are many other stories of Hercules. He was one of the Argonauts for a short time, he defeated many monsters and the people and the adventures they went through countless.
Heracles also had the following epithets:
Alexicacus, Buraicus, Charops, Cynagidas, Macistus, Melampygos, Menytes, misogyny, Rhinocolustes.