Herakles

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Samson and Delilah story – Bible stories

By |2018-05-22T23:12:35-07:00August 25th, 2017|History, Religion, West Asia|

Samson and Delilah story: Samson (or David?) wrestles the lion. Silk tapestry, probably from Syria, in the 600s AD Backstory of Samson and Delilah Just as the Jews were finally getting rid of the Canaanites, around 1100 BC, the Bible says that a new enemy came to Israel. These were the Philistines (FILL-uh-steens). (More about the Philistines) [...]

Who was Prometheus? Greek religion

By |2019-09-15T06:59:56-07:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks|

Prometheus makes people (now in the Louvre museum) One of the Titans Prometheus was a Titan, one of the children of Ocean. He and his brother Epimetheus were Zeus' and Hera's cousins. They were not as powerful as Zeus and Hera and their brothers and sisters, but still had some god-like powers. They were very big, giants (that is why the famous [...]

Geryon and Herakles – Labors of Herakles

By |2019-07-05T10:25:45-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks|

Herakles fighting the monster Geryon who had three heads and three bodies, on a black-figure vase from Athens (500s BC) Another of Herakles' labors As another of the labors he did for King Eurystheus, Herakles had to steal the cattle of Geryon. But Geryon had three heads and three bodies, as you can see in [...]

Herakles – Greek mythology

By |2019-08-11T09:10:08-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Herakles as a baby, on a red-figure vase from Athens (400s BC) Herakles/Hercules You might think you already know all about Hercules (the Greeks called him Herakles) from watching the Disney movie, but if you read this you'll see that the Greeks told this story very differently! Herakles and the Nemean Lion More Greek [...]

Herakles and the hydra – Labors of Herakles

By |2019-09-05T11:16:06-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Herakles fights the Hydra (Athenian red-figure vase, ca. 475 BC, Palermo, Sicily) Another labor for Herakles King Eurystheus then told Herakles he had to go kill the Hydra for another one of his labors. The Hydra was a huge snake with seven heads. Why does Herakles do labors? More Greek myths All our ancient Greece articles Harder [...]

Garden of Hesperides – Labors of Herakles

By |2019-08-12T21:35:17-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Herakles (on the left) frees Prometheus (now in the Louvre) on his way to the Garden of Hesperides Another labor of Herakles Herakles was a Greek hero. He killed his wife and children, and as punishment, he had to do a lot of difficult things, the Labors of Herakles. Who was Herakles? Women [...]

Nemean Lion – Labors of Herakles

By |2018-04-23T10:07:40-07:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Herakles fighting the Nemean Lion - Athenian black-figure vase, 500s BC For the first of his labors, Herakles had to go out and kill a great lion that lived in Nemea (Greece). He strangled the lion with his hands and hit it with his club. Then he skinned it. After that Herakles always [...]

Augean Stables – Labors of Herakles

By |2019-02-06T06:47:09-07:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Herakles cleaning the Augean Stables (Metope from Olympia, ca. 460 BC) Another Labor of Herakles For one of the Labors of Herakles, Herakles had to clean out the cattle stables of King Augeus. More about Herakles All about Greek mythology All our Ancient Greece articles What was so bad about the Augean stables? Ugh, King [...]

Herakles and Cerberos – Greek mythology

By |2019-03-11T07:49:08-07:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

King Eurysthenes hides in a jar, while Hercules threatens him with his dog Cerberus Herakles' last labor For the last and toughest of his twelve labors, Herakles had to get the three-headed dog Cerberos from the underworld - the land of the dead. What is Hades? Who is Herakles? More Greek myths All our Ancient Greece articles King [...]

Herakles and Busiris – Labors of Herakles

By |2019-02-25T06:36:00-07:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Hercules kills the Egyptians (Athens, 400s BC) Another Herakles story In this story, Herakles traveled to Egypt, where he met the king of Egypt, the Pharaoh Busiris. Who is Herakles? New Kingdom Egypt More Greek myths All our ancient Greece articles Who was Busiris? Busiris was a bad king. He captured Herakles, because Herakles was a stranger [...]