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

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

********** 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 labor was ***** kill a nine-he*****ded hydra. Hercules' third ***** was to capture ***** Cerynitian hind, which was sacred to Artemis. Hercules' fourth labor was to ***** and bring back a huge boar, 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. ***** seventh ***** was to 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 ***** assistance. (Skidmore). The ninth labor was to retrieve Hippolyta's (the Queen of the Amazons) girdle, which would ***** been easy, except ***** Hera *****ld ***** Amazon that the 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 and bring him up ***** the underground.

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

Al***** ***** survived all of his adventures, Hercules was ***** immortal. ***** f*****, it was common jealousy that killed him. His wife, Deianara, believed ***** was in love w*****h anot*****. A centaur had given her a love potion, which she used on Hercules' robe. The potion ***** *****ctually poison, ***** when Hercules donned the


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