The Birth Of Heracles: The Greek Hero

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Heracles Introduction Heracles might possibly be the most courageous, strongest and best-known one among all the Greek heroes. His renowned twelve labors established him as a benefactor of humanity. He was the son of Zeus and a mortal mother and, therefore, was both a god and hero. As a mortal son of Zeus, Heracles condemned to confront Hera’s continual wrath and had faced numerous conspiracies by Hera since birth and it, consequently, resulted in a tragic life of Heracles. On the other hand, he is honored by sacrifices and eliminating dangers from the world. Description The Birth of Heracles The story of Heracles begins with his birth. Heracles was the son of the King of the Gods, Zeus and a mortal woman Alcmene. Zeus had sexual intercourse…show more content…
If he succeeded, he would be purified of his sin and, as myth says, he would be granted immortality. Heracles accomplished these tasks, but Eurystheus did not accept the cleansing of the Augean stables because Heracles was going to accept pay for the labor. Neither did he accept the killing of the Lernaean Hydra as Heracles' cousin, Ioloas, had helped him burn the stumps of the heads. Eurysteus set two more tasks (fetching the Golden Apples of Hesperides and capturing Cerberus), which Heracles performed successfully, bringing the total number of tasks up to twelve as…show more content…
It was the most precious gift by his father Zeus. This power saved him countless time since birth. An illustration of this would be that Heracles killed two snakes sent by Hera, as mentioned above, when he was 8 months old. Also, he was able to strangle the Nemean lion when he grew up and, moreover, hold up the heavens for a short time, while Atlas, who usually did this, went to get the Apple of the Hesperides. Heracles was the strongest man in the world, and he was even stronger than some of the gods when he was just a divine hero. So strong that he was the leader among the Gods in the battle against the

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