Hercules – Son of Zeus
Is there an actual Hercules, a guy behind the stories? We will never understand. However, his story is of a guy who had been so strong and courageous, whose actions were so mighty, and that so suffered all of the hardships which were given to him, which when he died, Hercules – Son of Zeus was attracted up to Mount Olympus to live with the gods. Hercules – Son of Zeus was both the most well-known hero of ancient times and the most beloved. Hercules was worshiped in many temples all over Rome and Greece.
These included slaying terrible monsters such as the Hydra, the Nemean Lion, along with the Erymanthean Boar, as well as completing impossible tasks such as cleaning the enormous and filthy stables of King Augus and stealing the apples of the Hesperides
Hercules was a young, powerful hero, married and, in time, with three strong sons. Hera could not tolerate the situation and sent upon him a madness in which she drugged him and forced him kill his children and his wife. He would have killed himself but his cousin Theseus convinced him he could be cowardly and that he should find a way to atone for his sins. These labors originally numbered only ten but afterwards grew to twelve months. After Delphi he took the title Herakles and was no more called Alcaeus.
Hercules 12 Labors
The Twelve Labors of Hercules – Son of Zeus were:
1. To kill the Nemean Lion who had been impervious to all weapons.
2. To kill the monster known as the Hydra who had nine venemous heads and, when one had been cut off, two more would grow in its place.
3. To catch the Cerynitian Hind who had been sacred to the goddess Artemis.
4. To capture the Erymanthian Boar.
5. To clean the Augean Stables in a single day.
6. To drive away the Stymphalian Birds that had been ravaging the countryside.
7. To bring the Cretan Bull from Knossos back.
8. To bring back the Mares of Diomedes.
9. Bring the belt of Hippolyte, queen of Amazons.
10. To bring back the cattle of Geryon, king of Cadiz.
11. To bring back the Golden Apples of Hesperides.
12. To bring back Cerberus, the guard dog of the underworld.
Death of Hercules
The demi-god Hercules – Son of Zeus withstood many life-threatening events and monsters, but even he died. Thankfully for him, he turned into a god!Hercules got married a couple of times: Megara was his first bride, but he killed her and their kids. He figured the next time was the charm, wooing and winning Deianeira. But when Hercules was trying to take his bride home, he had to cross the Evenus River.
Nessus, a centaur, served as the ferryman. First, he rowed Hercules across and afterward, as he started to row Deianeira across, he tried to rape her. Hercules, justly enraged, drew one of his poisoned arrows and shot at the centaur. Before he died, the centaur persuaded Deianeira to shoot some of his blood – which, unbeknownst to her, was tainted with poison – to give her hubby as a love potion if he tried to stray. And with a man like Hercules, that has been a legitimate concern!
In time, Deianeira became suspicious of Hercules’ interest in the other woman, his ex, Iole. So she smeared a number of the carefully-saved centaur blood onto a tunic and gave it to Hercules, trusting that it might act as a love potion and return him to her.
Naturally, the centaur had lied. It had come that the hero had killed in his next labor.
When Hercules – Son of Zeus put on the tunic, it burned his skin.
He was in such excruciating pain that he wished to die. Note that the burning would have killed an ordinary individual, but Hercules wasn’t such a one. After consulting an oracle for advice, he had a pyre built for himself. He mounted it and finally persuaded a friend to light it. He was subsequently allowed to die and proceeded into the gods in which he was reconciled with his tormenter.