Hercules and his labors

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  • Hercules had twelve labors from killing his family in a fit of rage. The first: to kill the Nemean Lion, with its impenetrable skin. Hercules strangled the beast, the skinned the lion with its own claws.
  • Hercules's second labor was to kill the Lernean Hydra, which was a horrible, snake like creature with nine heads. Hera, who hated Hercules, attempted to kill him with a massive crab, but Hercules killed the crab easily. Hercules then killed the hydra with help from his charioteer, Iolaus, by burning the stumps of the heads after Hercules cut them off to prevent regeneration.
  • Hercules's third labor was to capture the Erymanthian Boar, which he did by tricking the boar to charge into deep snow. Hercules's master, Eurystheus forced him to do another labor due to Iolaus helping Hercules in the hydra labor.
  • The fourth labor was to capture the Ceryneian Hind, which was a golden deer sacred to Artemis. Hercules couldn't kill the hind, so he shot the deer's back legs to cripple it. Artemis appeared to kill Hercules, but stopped as Hercules explained that he intended to release the hind as soon as Eurystheus proclaims the labor done.
  • Hercules's seventh labor was to capture the Cretan Bull, which Hercules did easily by wrestling the bull to the ground.  Hercules brought the bull back to Eurystheus, who released the bull to run up to Marathon and cause havoc.
  • Hercules's final labor was to capture Cerberus, the guard dog of Hades. Hades allowed Hercules to take Cerberus as long as Hercules released Cerberus to return to Hades. Eurystheus, terrified of Cerberus, proclaimed Hercules free of his service.
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