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Hercules the God of Strength

Sir Dig-a-lot | 7-14 yrs | Reading Pod

The Story of Hercules – Greek Mythology

“You promised me another story of Greek mythology,” said Rohan. “Alright, Rohan. Let me tell you about Hercules, the God of strength. He was the son of God Zeus, who was considered the king of the Gods, and a mortal Alcmene, a beautiful princess,” said Sir Dig-A-Lot.

“The legend has it that even as a baby Hercules was very strong. When his stepmother Hera, the wife of Zeus snuck snakes in Hercules’s crib, he crushed the snakes with his bare hands.”

“Hercules was raised by his mother Alcmene. He was a cattle herder when he was 18 years old. One day while his cattle was grazing, a lion attacked his herd. Hercules killed the lion with his bare hands again.”

“Hercules married a princess named Megara and had a child with her. Hera grew jealous of Hercules and tricked him into believing that his family was a group of snakes. In a bid to save himself, he killed them one by one, only to realize that he had been tricked.

He went to the oracle of Delphi to help him rid his guilt. She told Hercules to serve the king Eurystheus for 10 years and complete the tasks given to him by the king. The tasks that Hercules was given are known the Twelve Labors.”

“The king wanted Hercules to fail and made him complete tasks like slaying lions and other dangerous creatures. His last task involved going to the underworld and fetching the three headed guardian Cerberus. Hercules completed all the tasks with his strength and intelligence.”

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