Greek Hero: Heracles

The heroes of Greek myth are more than human, yet less than gods. However, using their supernatural powers for protection and war, they are and were praised as religious symbols, giving them a demigod-like status. Many of the prominent Greek heroes such as Achilles and Odysseus were involved in the famous Trojan War, in which the Achaeans (Greeks) waged war on the city of Troy after Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband Menelaus, king of Sparta.

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Heracles is said to be the greatest of all the Greek heroes, he was colossal in strength, size, intelligence and sexual prowess. Heracles is a true demigod of myth, son to the god of the skies Zeus and Alcmene, he employed a mighty club and wore garments made of lion skin. Many tragic tales surround this hero, including that of Hera's (Zeus' wife) hatred for Heracles, it is said this hatred stemmed from the fact that he was born to Alcmene, a mortal woman...

Perhaps the most famous story of Heracles is that of the twelve labors: To kill the Nemean lion, to destroy the Lernaean Hydra, to capture the Ceryneian Hind, to capture the Erymanthian Boar, to clean the Augean Stables, to kill the Stymphalian Birds, to capture the Cretan Bull, to round up the Mares of Diomedes, to steal the Girdle of Hippolyte, to herd the Cattle of Geryon, to fetch the Apples of Hesperides and to capture Cerberus. These tasks were set by the king (Heracles' archenemy Eurystheus) as punishment for killing his own children. It is said, the reason for this horrific action was due to Hera's torment, which had sent Heracles mad. The king then then granted him immortality for completing these twelve tasks.