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Hercules was the son of the god Zeus and ***** born in Thebes to Alcmena. *****'s wife, Hera, was jealous of Alcmena and sent serpents to kill Hercules when he was an *****fant. The infant Hercules killed ***** serpents. However, Hera was not satisfied ***** 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).

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

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

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

Although he survived all of his adventures, Hercules was not immortal. In fact, it was common *****y ***** killed him. His wife, Deianara, believed Hercules was in love w*****h a*****her. A centaur had given her a love potion, which she used on Hercules' robe. The potion w*****s actually poi*****, and when Hercules donned the

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