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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 to kill Hercules when he was an infant. 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 ***** 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 ins*****nity. After praying to Apollo for guidance, ***** was told that he would have to serve Eurystheus ***** 12 years, in ***** for the murders. (Crane). As part ***** his punishment, Hercules ***** 12 Labors, which were difficult feats that appeared impossible. (*****).

Hercules' first labor was to kill the 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-he*****ded hydra. Hercules' third labor was to capture ***** Cerynitian hind, which ***** sacred to Artemis. Hercules' fourth labor was to ***** and bring back a huge boar, 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 labor was ***** rid Crete of a fire-breath*****g bull. ***** eighth ***** was to ***** Eurystheus Diomedes' mares, which dined on the flesh of travelers who accepted Diomedes' assistance. (Skidmore). The ninth labor was to retrieve Hippolyta's (the Queen of the Amaz*****s) girdle, ***** would ***** been easy, except that Hera ***** the 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 to capture Cerberus ***** bring him up ***** the underground.

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

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


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