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Hercules was the son of the god Zeus and ***** born in Thebes to Alcmena. ********** wife, Hera, was jealous of Alcmena and sent serpents to kill Hercules when he was an infant. The infant Hercules killed ***** serpents. However, ***** was not satisfied to leave Hercules alone. In fact, it is Hera's continued interference in Hercules' life that led to h***** status as Greece's ultimate *****ero. (Wikipedia).

***** legend of Hercules would be *****complete without the stories of his 12 labors. However, though the labors made Hercules Greece's most famous hero, they were rooted in tragedy. ***** only performed the ***** ***** punishment for killing his wife and children in a fit of ins*****nity. After praying to Apollo for guidance, Hercules was told that he would have to serve Eurystheus ***** 12 years, in ***** for the murders. (Crane). As part of his punishment, ***** performed 12 Labors, which were difficult feats that appeared impossible. (Crane).

***** first labor was to kill the lion of Nemea, ***** was made more difficult *****cause ***** lion's skin could not be penetrated by spears or arrows. (Skidmore). The second labor was ***** kill a nine-he*****ded hydra. Hercules' third labor was to capture the Cerynitian hind, which was sacred to Artemis. Hercules' fourth labor was to ***** and bring back a huge bo*****r, the Erymanthian boar alive. Hercules' fifth la***** ***** to clean out King Augeas stables in a single d*****y, ***** Hercules accomplished by re-routing two rivers. *****' sixth labor was to eradicate the Stymphalian birds, which inhabited a marsh near Lake Stymphalus in Arcadia, and may ***** eaten human flesh. Hercules' seventh ***** was ***** rid Crete of a fire-breath*****g bull. ***** eighth labor was to ***** Eurystheus Diomedes' mares, which dined on the flesh of travelers who accepted ***** assistance. (Skidmore). The ninth labor was to retrieve Hippolyta's (the Queen of the Amazons) girdle, which would have been easy, except that Hera ***** the Amazon that ***** Greeks had captured Hippolyta. The tenth labor was ***** retrieve cattle belonging to Geryon. Hercules' eleventh task was to steal golden apples from the Hesperides. Hercules' final ***** was to capture Cerberus ***** bring him up from the underground.

In addition to his labors, Hercules completed several other heroic ventures. He freed *****seus and Prometheus. In addition, he wrest***** death in order to return ***** friend Admetus' ***** ***** the dead. (Hamil*****n, 240). *****rcules also ***** to get ********** trouble; after accidently ***** a servant, Hercules was given to a ***** to act as her servant, and she made him dress like a wom*****n. In addition, he *****led death in order to return his friend ***** wife (Hamilton, 240).

Although he survived all of his adventures, Hercules was ***** immortal. ***** f*****, it was common jealousy that killed him. His wife, Deianara, believed Hercules was in love with anot*****. A centaur had given her a ***** potion, which she used on Hercules' robe. The ***** w*****s actu*****y poi*****, and when Hercules d*****ned the

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