the gods knew that Hercules
was half man and half god. His mother was a mortal. But his father was
a king - the king of all the gods, the mighty Jupiter. But Hercules did not know he was part god until he had
grown into a man.
Jupiter' wife, was
very jealous of Hercules. She tried all kinds of ways to kill him,
including sending a couple of really big snakes into his crib. He
was just a baby, but Hercules crushed those snakes and barely
noticed. Hercules was incredibly strong, magically strong, even as a
strength. He loved his little son. He figured that sooner or later, Juno
might actually find a way to kill little Hercules. To keep Hercules safe from
attack, Jupiter sent him to live with a mortal family on earth.
Hercules grew up
loved and noble. But he didn't fit in on earth. He was too big and
too strong. One day, his earth father told him he was a god, well,
part god anyway.
The rest of the story
of Hercules is a series of stories, tasks, and adventures, as
Hercules earned his way into the heavens, to take his place with the
story goes .....
Eurystheus was the mortal cousin of Hercules. He hated
his cousin, Hercules. When Juno offered to help Eurystheus design 12 Labors (missions
or tasks) that Hercules had to complete, tasks that could get Hercules
killed, Eurystheus jumped at it.
Hercules believed that when he had completed the 12 missions, he would
have earned immortality. That's what the
Oracle at Delphi had said. Actually, the oracle had said,
"If you complete 12 Labors, immorality will be yours." Of
course, being an oracle, she never explained what she meant by
"immortality" - would he live forever in legend or for real?
Hercules never asked. (She would not have told him anyway.)
Eurystheus did not want Hercules coming after
his crown. It would never have occurred to Hercules to do so. But an evil
little man like Eurystheus would never have believed that. Each time
Eurystheus and Juno gave Hercules a task to accomplish, they were sure
that Hercules would never live through it.
But Hercules surprised
them. He not only lived, he had great adventures, discovered true friends,
and rid the world of some really nasty critters.
you survive the labors of Hercules (game)
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Labors of Hercules
12 Labors of Hercules
Labors of Hercules - Task 2, add your own text