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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. 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 his status as Greece's ultimate hero. (Wikipedia).

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

***** first labor was to kill the lion of Nemea, ***** was made more difficult because ***** lion's skin could not be penetrated by spears or arrows. (Skidmore). The second labor was to kill a nine-he*****ded hydra. Hercules' third labor was to capture the Cerynitian hind, which was sacred to Artemis. Hercules' fourth labor was to ***** and bring back a huge bo*****r, the Erymanthian boar alive. Hercules' fifth la***** ***** to clean out King Augeas stables in a single day, 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*****thing bull. ***** eighth labor was ***** bring Eurys*****us Diomedes' mares, which dined on the flesh of travelers who accepted Diomedes' assistance. (Skidmore). ***** ninth labor was to retrieve Hippolyta's (the Queen of the Amaz*****s) girdle, which would have been easy, except ***** Hera ***** the Amazon that ***** Greeks had captured Hippolyta. The tenth labor was ***** retrieve cattle belonging to Geryon. Hercules' eleventh task was ***** steal golden apples from the Hesperides. Hercules' final ***** was to capture Cerberus and bring him up ***** the underground.

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

Although he survived all of his adventures, Hercules ***** ***** immortal. ***** *****, it was common jealousy ***** killed him. His wife, Deianara, believed ***** was in love with anot*****r. A centaur had given her a ***** potion, which she used on Hercules' robe. The ***** ***** *****u*****y poi*****, *****nd when Hercules donned the


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