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

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

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

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

Al***** he survived all of his adventures, Hercules ***** ***** immortal. In *****, it was common jealousy ***** killed him. His *****, Deianara, believed ***** was in love with another. A centaur had given her a love potion, which she used on Hercules' robe. The ***** was actually pois*****, and when Hercules donned the


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