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Hercules was the son of the god Zeus and was born in Thebes to Alcmena. ********** wife, Hera, was jealous of Alcmena and sent serpents to kill Hercules when he was an inf*****t. 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 h***** status as Greece's ultimate *****ero. (Wikipedia).

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

***** first labor was to kill the lion of Nemea, which was made more ***** because ***** lion's skin could not be penetrated by spears or arrows. (Skidmore). The second ***** was ***** kill a nine-he*****ded hydra. Hercules' third labor was to capture the Cerynitian hind, ***** was sacred to Artemis. Hercules' fourth labor was to capture and bring back a huge bo*****r, the Erymanthian boar alive. Hercules' fifth la***** ***** to clean out King Augeas stables in a single d*****y, which Hercules accomplished by re-routing two rivers. ********** 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*****thing bull. ***** eighth labor was to bring Eurystheus 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 Amaz*****s) girdle, ***** would have been easy, except ***** Hera told ***** Amazon that the Greeks had ********** Hippolyta. ***** tenth labor was to retrieve cattle belonging ***** Geryon. Hercules' eleventh task was to steal golden apples from the Hesperides. ***** final ***** was to capture Cerberus ***** ***** him up ***** the underground.

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

Although ***** survived all of his adventures, Hercules was not immortal. ***** fact, it was common *****y that killed him. His *****, Deianara, believed ***** was in love w*****h a*****her. A centaur had given her a love potion, which she used on Hercules' robe. The ***** was actu*****y poi*****, ***** when Hercules d*****ned the


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