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The Story of Hercules With Greek Mythology a common subject in todays modern classrooms understanding the characters and ideas behind it is important Mythology is made up of many different concepts including powerful gods weak humans great heroes horrific monsters and even a little magic Each story in Greek Mythology can be tied to another each having some of the common stated characteristics The stories interweave to give one massive collection of tales of powerful gods and brave mortals fighting great monsters where sex betrayal and murder all come into play Hercules is one such character that fits the description of a Greek Mythological hero The half-man half-god sun of Zeus Hercules is considered to be the greatest hero of all Greek Mythology The story of Hercules and his twelve accomplished labors is greater than the story of any other hero of Greek Mythology Rouse 55 Hercules was the child of Zeus and Alcmena the princess of Thebes Zeus seventh wife Hera was extremely jealous of Zeus new son At the time of his birth Zeus swore that the next child born would rule the great city of Mycenae Hera plotted against Alcmenas soon to be born son by having Ilithyia a childbirth coordinator halt the birth of Zeus Ilithyia forced Alcmena to sit with her legs crossed until Eurystheus Zeus older cousin was born Pinsent 94 Eurystheus would now become the new ruler Hera was still not satisfied One night she sent two serpents into the crib of Hercules and his twin brother Iphicles Hera thought for sure the snakes would kill Hercules but she was wrong Hercules killed both serpents single handedly Upon hearing this the citys blind prophet then reported I swear that many a Greek woman as she cards the wool that eventide shall sing of this your son and you who bore him He shall be the hero of all mankind Hamilton 163 With Eurystheus the new ruler of
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