The Tumultuous Tale of Heracles and Hera
Óðinn and Þórr have much in common with Zeus and Hercules, but there are the patriarch of the Germanic pantheon and the father/son relationship in the one . Heracles born Alcaeus (Ἀλκαῖος, Alkaios) or Alcides (Ἀλκείδης, Alkeidēs) (/ælˈs aɪdiːz/) was . Heracles was the son of the affair Zeus had with the mortal woman Alcmene. Zeus .. Perithoas and Phrix are otherwise unknown, and so is the version that suggests a sexual relationship between Heracles and Philoctetes . Fearful that Hera would succeed at killing Hercules, Zeus sent Hercules to Earth and allowed a mortal family to raise him. Although his new.
Travel to the town of Stymphalos and drive away the huge flock of carnivorous birds that had taken up residence in its trees. She gave him a pair of magical bronze krotala, or noisemakers, forged by the god Hephaistos. Hercules used these tools to frighten the birds away.Miscellaneous Myths: Heracles
Hercules drove the bull back to Eurystheus, who released it into the streets of Marathon. He brought them to Eurystheus, who dedicated the horses to Hera and set them free. At first, the queen welcomed Hercules and agreed to give him the belt without a fight. However, the troublemaking Hera disguised herself as an Amazon warrior and spread a rumor that Hercules intended to kidnap the queen. The Cattle of Geryon For his 10th labor, Hercules was dispatched nearly to Africa to steal the cattle of the three-headed, six-legged monster Geryon.
Once again, Hera did all she could to prevent the hero from succeeding, but eventually he returned to Mycenae with the cows. This task was difficult—Hercules needed the help of the mortal Prometheus and the god Atlas to pull it off—but the hero eventually managed to run away with the apples. Cerberus For his final challenge, Hercules traveled to Hades to kidnap Cerberus, the vicious three-headed dog that guarded its gates. Hercules managed to capture Cerberus by using his superhuman strength to wrestle the monster to the ground.
Afterward, the dog returned unharmed to his post at the entrance to the Underworld. Even this attempt was foiled by his arch enemy, who guided the oracle to punish Heracles further. He was ordered to serve King Eurystheusa man he knew was lesser than him, and do whatever was asked of him for the following ten years. It was during this time that Heracles completed his famous twelve labours. Apparently a few of his miraculous, monster killing acts were not up to scratch because he either received money or help.
Once Heracles was purged of infanticide, he joined a superhero group called the Argonauts. They searched for the Golden Fleece, conquered Troy, fought against the Gigantes and of course, rescued heroines. During one such escapade, Heracles fell in love with Princess Iole of Oechaliaan ancient Greek city.
In legend like fashion, her father, King Eurytus, promised his daughter to whomever could win an archery competition against his sons. Heracles promptly triumphed, but the King did not fulfil his promise of giving away his daughter. Instead King Eurytus and all his sons, except one named Iphitus, spurned Heracles. The demi-god then proceeded to kill them all… except Iphitus, who became his best friend. Enter heartless Hera once more. She again drove Heracles mad and this time the hefty beast of man threw his greatest pal, Iphitus, over the city wall to his death.
The Life and Times of Hercules
And just like the last time, Heracles submitted to servitude as penalty for the killing. Eventually the queen freed Heracles and married him. Over the years Heracles continued to have extraordinary adventures.
He rescued poor Prometheus from a vulture that ate his liver every day. He killed countless beasts, dragons and monsters. He had a drinking contest with Dionysus and lost. He founded a new nation in Scythia by having relations with a half-woman, half-snake.
In addition to all the warring, Heracles managed to have endless affairs with women and men, fathering countless children and heirs, and thereby passing on his strength and partial divinity.
Kings for ages on would boast lineage from the demi-god. Eventually though, these extramarital affairs were the end of Heracles. It all happened when Heracles and his third wife, Deianira, tried to cross a river. A centaur named Nessus offered to help the young lady, but then tried to take advantage of her while Heracles was on shore.
The mighty warrior was not pleased and swiftly shot the deceitful centaur with a poisoned arrow. As Nessus lay dying, however, he plotted his revenge. Heracles put it on and was immediately in torment.