Hercules (/ˈhɜːrkjuliːz, -jə-/) is a Roman hero and demigod also known in Greek as Heracles. He was the son of Zeus (Roman equivalent Jupiter) and the mortal Alcmene. In classical mythology, Hercules is famous for his strength and for his numerous far-ranging adventures, including his 12 labors and his voyage on the Argo.
The myth of the Argonauts is one of the first western adventure stories about a hero on a literal quest for an object, which is a symbolic quest for self-improvement. Hercules was one of the sailors on the Argo along with Jason and the rest of the Argonauts.
The twelve labors of Hercules
- Kill the Nemean Lion.
- Kill the Lernean Hydra.
- Capture the Cerynian Hind.
- Capture the Erymanthian Boar.
- Clean the Augean Stables.
- Kill the Stymphalian Birds.
- Capture the Cretan Bull.
- Capture the Horses of Diomedes.
- Take the Girdle of the Amazon Queen Hippolyte.
- Capture the Cattle of Geryon.
- Take the Golden Apples of the Hesperides.
- Capture Cerberus.
Modern adaptions of Hercules’ story
Hercules’ story has been adapted countless times in popular culture. Today, yet another movie about the myth was released, and I have to say I’m excited to see this movie. Plus, I like the Rock and he is wearing a beard made from yak testicle hair.
We’ll be adding more info soon. In the meantime, if you want to read one of the original stories about Hercules, we suggest The Story of Jason and the Argonauts.