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Heroes are not uncommon in society People especially those facing hardships created heroes for hope something to push them through their daily toils The Greeks of antiquity faced many daily difficulties war disease famine an unforgiving climate etc and also created heroes Among them are Achilles the greatest Greek warrior Odysseus the greatest speaker of the Greeks Bellerophon Perseus and Jason The greatest hero though was Heracles He sets the standard to compare all heroes He has the strength and wisdom of a God but in him resides the imperfections of man Heracles or Hercules to the Romans is the son of Zeus and Alkema One night Zeus appeared to Alkema as her husband Amphitryon who was at battle defending his native Thebes Heracles whose name means Glory of Hera is constantly the recipient of Heras wrath In an attempt to bequeath her hostility towards the child of Zeus infidelity Zeus has the baby suckle Heras breast while she is sleeping Hera awakes to knock the baby away only to have her milk spread across the galaxy creating the Milky Way Hera thoroughly attempts to destroy Hercules only to be defeated herself intensifying his heroic status among the Greeks Burns 16 Murray 247 Heracles life and trials have been chronicled extensively As a boy he was taught wisdom and virtue by Rhadamanthys the judge of the underworld boxing by Poldeuces and music by Linus until he killed him after being reprimanded Heracles was sent to live in the country where he tried to learn how to control his anger and put his strength to work He began wrestling wild animals and upon his return to Thebes kills the man killing Thespian lion Upon waiting for the lion it is said that he slept with all fifty daughters of King Thespius Grateful for the ridding of the lion the king offers his daughter Meagras hand in marriage It is in the next few years of
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