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Hercules was the son of the god Zeus and was born in Thebes to Alcmena. ********** wife, Hera, ***** 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 ***** alone. In fact, it is Hera's continued interference in Hercules' life that led to his status as Greece's ultimate hero. (Wikipedia).

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

Hercules' first labor was to kill ***** lion of Nemea, which was made more ***** *****cause the lion's skin could not be penetrated by spears or arrows. (Skidmore). The second ***** was ***** kill a nine-headed hydra. Hercules' third labor was to capture ***** Cerynitian hind, which ***** 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 day, which 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 ***** was ***** rid Crete of a fire-bre*****th*****g bull. Hercules' eighth labor was to bring Eurys*****us Diomedes' mares, which dined on the flesh of travelers who accepted ***** assistance. (Skidmore). ***** ninth labor was to retrieve Hippolyta's (the Queen of the Amaz*****s) girdle, ***** would have been easy, except ***** Hera *****ld ***** Amazon that the Greeks had captured Hippolyta. The tenth labor was to retrieve cattle belonging ***** Geryon. Hercules' eleventh task was to steal golden apples from the Hesperides. ***** final labor was to capture Cerberus ***** bring him up ***** the underground.

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

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


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