Labors For Hercules

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Labors For Hercules

  1. 1. Labours of Hercules In his labours, Hercules was often accompanied by a male companion (an eromenos), according to Licymnius and others, such as Iolaus, his nephew. Although he was only supposed to perform ten labours, this assistance led to him suffering two more. Eurystheus didn't count the Hydra, because Iolaus helped him, or the Augean stables, as he received payment for his work, or because the rivers did the work. A traditional order of the labours found in Apollodorus is: • Slay the Nemean Lion and bring back its hide. • Slay the 9-headed Lernaean Hydra. • Capture the Golden Hind of Artemis. • Capture the Erymanthian Boar. • Clean the Augean stables in a single day. • Slay the Stymphalian Birds. • Capture the Cretan Bull. • Steal the Mares of Diomedes. • Obtain the Girdle of the Amazon warrior, Queen Hippolyta. • Obtain the Cattle of the Monster Geryon. • Steal the Apples of the Hesperides, which were strictly guarded by a 100-headed dragon called Ladon. • Capture Cerberus, the guardian dog of Hades, using no weapons and bring him back.
  2. 2. The first of Heracles' twelve labours, was to slay the Nemean lion and bring back its skin.
  3. 3. was killed by Hercules during the second of his labors. But it wasn’t an easy task
  4. 4. In Greek mythology, the Erimanthian Boar was a mighty and ferocious boar that lived on Erimanthian Mount and terrified the entire region: the Hercules captured alive and brought him to Euristeo for fear that hid in a barrel. His capture was the third of the twelve labors of Heracles.
  5. 5. The killing of the Stymphalian birds was the fifth of the twelve labors of Hercules. Heracles made them turn up in the air, thanks to the powerful bronze bells, which disturb the birds, and killed a large part with his poisoned arrows in the blood of Hydra , and the survivors flew away forever.
  6. 6. The fifth of the Twelve Labours set to Heracles was to clean the Augean stables in a single day. The reasoning behind this being set as a labour was twofold: firstly, all the previous labours exalted Heracles in the eyes of the people and this one would surely degrade him; secondly, as the livestock were a divine gift to Augeas they were immune from disease and thus the amount of dirt and filth amassed in the uncleaned stables made the task surely impossible. However, Heracles succeeded by rerouting the rivers Alpheus and Peneus to wash out the filth. Augeas was irate because he had promised Heracles one-tenth of his cattle if the job was finished in one day. He refused to honour the agreement, and Heracles killed him after completing the tasks and gave his kingdom to Augeas' son, Phyleus, who had been exiled for supporting Heracles against his father.
  7. 7. The capture of the Bull of Crete was the seventh of the twelve labors of Heracles. The mythical king of Crete, Minos, granted without any problems of to the hero to take away the ferocious animal, as it had created problems in Crete.
  8. 8. In Greek mythology, Ippolita was the queen of the Amazons. Is mentioned in the myth of the twelve labors of Heracles, the ninth labors consisted in fact to seize the Hippolyta’s girdle.

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