Hercules was a roman hero, born from Zues, the god of the sky and the ruler of the Olympians, and the mortal Alcmene. Zues was married to Hera, the queen of the Gods, but he was never very faithful because he could do whatever he wanted. When Zues impregnanted Alcmene, Hera hated it and despised the child. When it was named Hercules she was angered even more, because Hercules means glorious gift of Hera in Greek. She swore to make Hercules’ life miserable when he was born. She sent snakes to the crib to kill the baby, but he strangled and killed them all. From this point on she knew it would be harder to make his life miserable, but she swore to it. Hercules is now famous for his strength and also for his great and plentiful adventures.
The most common of which have become known as the twelve labors. When Hercule had grown and married, he committed a sickening crime. His wife, Megara was very upset and threw a fit of rage, which upset Hercules. In his rage, he killed both his wife and their two children. When he realized what he’d done, he felt very guilty and asked the God Apollo to rid him of his sins. Apollo said he had to complete the 12 Labors, listed below:
1.Slay the Nemean Lion.
2.Slay the nine-headed Lernaean Hydra.
3.Capture the Golden Hind of Artemis.
4.Capture the Erymanthian Boar.
5.Clean the Augean stables in a single day.
6.Slay the Stymphalian Birds.
7.Capture the Cretan Bull.
8.Steal the Mares of Diomedes.
9.Obtain the girdle of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons.
10.Obtain the cattle of the monster Geryon.
11.Steal the apples of the Hesperides.
12.Capture and bring back Cerberus.
However, today Hercules is most known from the children’s movie, Hercules, made in 1997 by Walt Disney. In the movie, it is said that Hercules has had his power taken away and must complete certain quests to get it back.