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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 |2018-04-23T11:38:41-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Herakles as a baby, on a red-figure vase from Athens (400s BC) 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! According to the Greeks, Herakles was the son [...]

Herakles and the hydra – Labors of Herakles

By |2018-04-23T10:07:40-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Herakles fights the Hydra (Athenian red-figure vase, ca. 475 BC, Palermo, Sicily) 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. Hercules thought, "Well, that sounds easy. I'll just go cut off its heads with my sword." But when [...]

Garden of Hesperides – Labors of Herakles

By |2018-04-23T10:07:40-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Herakles (on the left) frees Prometheus (now in the Louvre) For another of his labors, Herakles had to go bring back three golden apples from the tree of the Hesperides. The Hesperides were the spirits of the evening. The golden apples were a gift from Gaia, the Earth mother, to her daughter Hera, who hated Herakles. On his way to [...]

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 [...]

Who was Antaeus? Labors of Herakles

By |2019-01-28T05:19:49-07:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Herakles wrestling Antaeus, on a red figure vase from Athens, 400s BC Herakles and Antaeus For one of his labors, Herakles had to fight a very strong man named Antaeus. More labors of Herakles More Greek mythology All our Ancient Greece articles Why was Antaeus hard to beat? But Antaeus had a special magic. [...]