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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 inf*****t. The 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 his status as Greece's ultimate hero. (Wikipedia).

The 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 as punishment for killing ***** wife and children in a fit of insanity. After praying to Apollo for guidance, Hercules ***** *****ld that he would have to serve Euryst*****us ***** 12 years, in punishment for the murders. (Crane). As part ***** his *****, ***** ***** 12 Labors, which were difficult feats that appeared impossible. (Crane).

***** first labor was to kill ***** lion of Nemea, which was made more difficult because the lion's skin could not be penetrated by spears or arrows. (Skidmore). The second ***** was ***** kill a nine-headed 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 labor ***** 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 ***** eaten human flesh. Hercules' seventh ***** was to rid Crete ***** a fire-bre*****th*****g bull. ***** eighth labor was to ***** 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 Amazons) girdle, ***** would have been easy, except that Hera told the Amazon that ***** Greeks had *****d 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 from the underground.

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

Al***** he survived all of his adventures, Hercules was not immortal. ***** *****, it was common jealousy that killed him. His wife, Deianara, believed Hercules was in love with a*****her. A centaur had given her a ***** potion, which she used on Hercules' robe. The poti***** was actually poison, ***** when Hercules donned the


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