Facts about Hercules
Famed for his mighty muscles, Hercules was the son of the mortal woman Alcmene and the god Zeus. Hercules appears in many ancient Greek stories and is one of mythology’s best-known heroes.
Hercules performed many legendary feats of strength, the first of which came as an infant: when Zeus’s wife Hera placed two serpents in his crib, Hercules quickly strangled them. After he had grown to manhood Hera got revenge by driving Hercules briefly mad, causing him to slay his own wife and children. As penance Hercules performed his famous 12 labors (or tasks), which included killing the Hydra, capturing Cerberus the dog, and cleaning the stables of Augeas.
In Greek he is known as Herakles… Hercules is sometimes confused with the biblical strong man Samson… Hercules was played on TV by Kevin Sorbo in the syndicated 1990’s series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (the same series which introduced the warrior princess Xena)… He was played by muscleman Steve Reeves in the 1957 Italian movie Le Fatiche di Ercole, known in the U.S. as Hercules and later considered a camp classic… Hercules was also the title hero of a 1997 Disney animated film.
Something in Common with Hercules
4 Good Links
- Fancy online telling of his tale, with great information on the 12 labors
- Classic account of Hercules' life
- Cartoony site about the hero, nice spot for kids
- The same basic myth, Greek name