It is really mind boggling to discover some certain stories in history, stories of great men and women, events that shook the world till this present day. One of such great men that lived the earth was Hercules; he is famous for his strengths and his many far reaching adventures that will bring anyone to a standstill. In this article we shall carefully take a more educated look at who Hercules was, some of his adventures and every possible detail we could add to make this work a fun to read one.
Who Is Hercules?
Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek heroe Heracles; he was the son of Zeus, known in Roman as Jupiter. Zeus was also the mortal Alcmene.
It could be easily been deduce from Greek mythology that Heracles was a very strong man, he fought so many battles with deadly creatures, sometimes you wonder if a man could survive such battles, but Heracles deserves credits for his bravery. He also had so many far reaching adventures; we shall now carefully take a quick look at some of his great adventures below.
- Slay the Nemean Lion.
- Slay the nine-headed Lernaean Hydra.
- Capture the Golden Hind of Artemis.
- Capture the Erymanthian Boar.
- Clean the Augean stables in a single day.
- Slay the Stymphalian Birds.
- Capture the Cretan Bull.
- Steal the Mares of Diomedes.
- Obtain the girdle of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons.
- Obtain the cattle of the monster Geryon.
- Steal the apples of the Hesperides.
- Capture and bring back Cerberus.
These adventures are most times referred to as “Hercules 12 Labours”, one of the most interesting of his labours was the slaying of the Nemean Lion which was a task given to him by Eurystheus (his cousin). Let us now examine this labour.
The Slay the Nemean Lion.
In Greek mythology it was known that Hercules slayed a lion, it was also documented that this lion usually takes women as hostages to it cave and lure warriors who intends to save these pretty women in distress are devoured by the lion. One notable trick of the lion was turning into a woman feigning injury and when the warriors rushed to save the so called women in distress, the lion changes back and devoured them, further feeding their bones to hades.
As claimed by one version, Hercules wandered the town (Nemean) until he met a boy who said if he could slay the lion that a lion would be sacrificed to Zeus, but if he failed the boy would be sacrificed to Zeus, while another version claimed that Hercules met Molorchos, a shepherd who happened to have lost his son to the lion and he told Hercules that if he was able to slay the lion, a ram would be sacrificed to Zeus but if he failed, it would be sacrificed in mourning of him (Hercules).
And so, Hercules embarked on the great fight, he entered into the lion’s cave, he shot arrows at the lion, he was astonished at first to discover that the lion was impenetrable, after some time, the fight was aborted, Hercules then went back to the cave again, he actually closed one entrance to the cave and went through the other. The great fight began, and one of fingers was bitten off by the lion but after so much battle Hercules was able to strangle the lion to death with his great strength.
After killing the lion, he tried to skin it using a knife from his belt, he even used a stone but failed, after many attempts, Athena told him to use one of the lion’s claws of which he used.
When Hercules returned after 30 days, carrying the lion’s carcass on his shoulders, king Eurystheus was amazed and terrified, he forbade him from the city, and he was later warned to showcase the fruit of his labours outside the city gates. Eurystheus told Hercules that the task before him would be much greater, he then sent Heracles off to complete his next quest, which was to destroy the Lernaean hydra.
Truly, Hercules was a man of great strengths, we have been able to know some good details about Hercules, however, you may want to learn more about his other labours further which you will see more his strengths at work.