Labours Of Hercules
The twelve labours of Hercules or dodekathlon (Greek: δωδέκαθλον, dodekathlon) are a series of episodes concerning a penance carried out by Heracles, the greatest of the Greek heroes, whose name was later romanised as Hercules. They were later connected by a continuous narrative. The establishment of a fixed cycle of twelve labours was attributed by the Greeks to an epic poem, now lost, written by Peisander, dated about 600 BC.
Read more about Labours Of Hercules: Context, The Labours, First Labour: Nemean Lion, Second Labour: Lernaen Hydra, Third Labour: Ceryneian Hind, Fourth Labour: Erymanthian Boar, Fifth Labour: Augean Stables, Sixth Labour: Stymphalian Birds, Seventh Labour: Cretan Bull, Eighth Labour: Mares of Diomedes, Ninth Labour: Belt of Hippolyta, Tenth Labour: Cattle of Geryon, Eleventh Labour: Apples of The Hesperides, Twelfth Labour: Cerberus
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