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1: GREEK MYTHOLOGY PROJECT Steven Lyman Mrs. Corbett's English 9 May 9,2011

2: Heracles is the strongest and best known demi-god. He was so strong and muscular that he helped the olympians gods defeat the giants . He was the very last son of the god Zeus. He is the only son to have been born of a woman on earth. He became a god upon his death.

3: Hercules was the only son of a earthly woman named Alcmene, who was seduced by Zeus when he disguised himself as her husband Amphitryon. As an illegitimate son of Zeus, Hercules was the subject of great hatred from Hera, Zeus' wife, as Heracles' existence was proof of her husband's infidelity. Heracles was originally named Alcides by his parents, and his name was only changed later in a vain attempt to please Hera. (Heracles meaning 'glory of Hera').

4: Hera supposedly sent two snakes to kill Heracles in his bed, but Heracles killed a snake in each of his hand and played with the dead snake bodies as though they were toys. when he was young Heracles was sent to tend to cattle on a mountain after he killed his music teacher, Linus, with a lyre.

5: According to the sophist Prodicus, he was visited here by the nymphs Pleasure and Virtue who offered him a choice of two lives: either comfortable and easy or glorious and brutal. Heracles chose to suffer to achieve great glory.

6: 5 Facts 1)Hercules' Appearance: Handsome, well-built, vigorous young man. 2)Symbol or Attributes of Hercules:Wooden club. 3)Hercules' Strengths: Brave, strong, determined. 4)Hercules' Weaknesses: Can be lustful and gluttonous. 5)Birthplace of Hercules: Son of Zeus by Alcmena or Alcmene,

7: Works Cited 1) 2) 3) 4) 5)

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