Hercules: A Greek Tale

1014 WordsJun 21, 20185 Pages
Hercules, or known in Latin as Heracles, was the greatest of the Greek heroes, a paragon of masculinity. In art Hercules was portrayed as a powerful, muscular man wearing lion's skin and armed with a huge club. He was also described as being a macho man buffoon, who was very impulsive. Hercules’ home and birthing place is in Thebes, Greece. Thebes is a city in central Greece. It plays as an important setting in many Greek myths, such as the stories of Cadmus, Oedipus, Dionysus and many other important roles in Greek Mythology. The demigod, Hercules has an interesting origin, he is most famous for his 12 labors, and leaves a legacy in words and expressions. Hercules has an interesting origin. Hercules was conceived by Zeus of divine…show more content…
He killed the Cretan Bull at Marathon. Later, he sailed to Crete, found his way to the center of the Labyrinth, and killed the Minotaur. The 8th labor Hercules had to complete was stealing the Mares of Diomedes. Diomedes Mares are 4 men eating horses with terrible tempers. The Mares were untamable Diomedes kept the horses chained to a golden post to keep them from escaping and eating people. Diomedes is an evil giant king. Hercules snuck up behind the horses and before he could release them Diomedes soldiers attacked Hercules. From hearing all the commotion Diomedes awakens. He is informed that Hercules is trying to steal the mares from a random foot soldier. Diomedes is irate and attacks Hercules. Hercules won the battle using his legendary strength. After defeating Diomedes he fed him to his own crazed wild horses. The flesh of the half-divine Diomedes calmed the horses and made them wild no more. Hercules is most known for completeing 12 labors the remaining of his twelve labors include the 9th being to obtain the girdle of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. King Eurystheus ordered Hercules to steal Hippolyta’s belt. She was the queen of the Amazons. The Amazons were an all female tribe. There name, Amazons has no correlation with the South American Amazon River, but instead the fact that Amazon comes from a greek word meaning
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