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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 ***** kill Hercules when he was an *****f*****t. 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 h***** status as Greece's ultimate hero. (Wikipedia).

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

***** 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 ***** kill a nine-he*****ded hydra. Hercules' third labor was to capture the Cerynitian hind, which ***** sacred to Artemis. Hercules' fourth labor was to capture and bring back a huge bo*****r, the Erymanthian boar alive. Hercules' fifth labor was to clean out King Augeas stables in a single d*****y, ***** Hercules accomplished by re-routing two rivers. *****' sixth labor ***** to eradicate the Stymphalian birds, which inhabited a marsh near Lake Stymphalus in Arcadia, and may have eaten human flesh. Hercules' seventh ***** was to rid Crete ***** a fire-bre*****th*****g bull. Hercules' eighth labor was to ***** Eurys*****us Diomedes' mares, which dined on the flesh of travelers who accepted Diomedes' assistance. (Skidmore). The ninth labor ***** to retrieve Hippolyta's (the Queen of the Amazons) girdle, ***** would have been easy, except ***** Hera told the Amazon that the Greeks had captured Hippolyta. The tenth ***** was to retrieve cattle belonging ***** Geryon. Hercules' eleventh task was to steal golden apples from the Hesperides. Hercules' final labor was to capture Cerberus ***** bring him up ***** the underground.

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

Although ***** survived all of his adventures, Hercules was ***** immortal. In *****, it was common *****y that killed him. His *****, Deianara, believed Hercules was in love with another. A centaur had given her a ***** potion, which she used on Hercules' robe. The poti***** was ********** poison, ***** when Hercules donned the


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