What are Heracles?

  • (noun): (classical mythology) a hero noted for his strength; performed 12 immense labors to gain immortality.
    Synonyms: Hercules, Herakles, Alcides


Heracles ( /ˈhɛrəkliːz/ HERR-ə-kleez; Ancient Greek: Ἡρακλῆς, Hēraklēs, from Hēra, "Hera", and kleos, "glory"), born Alcaeus (Ἀλκαῖος, Alkaios) or Alcides (Ἀλκείδης, Alkeidēs), was a divine hero in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, foster son of Amphitryon and great-grandson (and half-brother) of Perseus. He was the greatest of the Greek heroes, a paragon of masculinity, the ancestor of royal clans who claimed to be Heracleidae (Ἡρακλεῖδαι) and a champion of the Olympian order against chthonic monsters. In Rome and the modern West, he is known as Hercules, with whom the later Roman Emperors, in particular Commodus and Maximian, often identified themselves. The Romans adopted the Greek version of his life and works essentially unchanged, but added anecdotal detail of their own, some of it linking the hero with the geography of the Central Mediterranean. Details of his cult were adapted to Rome as well.

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Aella (Amazon)
... She was the first to attack Heracles when he came for Hippolyte's girdle ... Unfortunately, Heracles was wearing the Nemean Lion skin from his first labor, making him invulnerable ... Aella could not kill Heracles thus, she was killed instead ...
Stymphalian Birds - The Sixth Labour of Heracles
... cleaning the Augean Stables, Eurystheus sent Heracles to defeat the Stymphalian Birds ... Heracles could not go too far into the swamp, for it would not support his weight ... Athena, noticing the hero's plight, gave Heracles a rattle which Hephaestus had made especially for the occasion ...
Labours Of Heracles - Tenth Labour: Cattle of Geryon
... In the fullest account in the Bibliotheke of Pseudo-Apollodoros, Heracles was required to travel to the far-off western Mediterranean island of Erytheia, in order to obtain the Cattle of ... With one huge blow from his olive-wood club, Heracles killed the watchdog ... dipped in the venomous blood of the Lernaean Hydra, shot so forcefully by Heracles that it pierced Geryon's forehead, "and Geryon bent his neck over to one ...
Heracles - Ancestry
... Anaxo Amphitryon Alcmene Zeus Licymnius Eurystheus Iphicles Megara Heracles Deianira Hebe Iolaus Three Children Hyllus Macaria Others ...
LGBT Themes In Mythology - European Mythologies - Greek
... and Pan Dionysus and Ampelus Dionysus and Prosymnus Euryalus and Nisus Heracles and Abderus Heracles and Hylas Heracles and Iolaus Hermes and Krokus ... is also part of a trinity of gods that played roles in homoerotic relationships, along with Heracles and Hermes, who bestowed qualities of Beauty (and Loyalty ...