Herakles Epic Hero

Updated: 7/16/2021
Herakles Epic Hero
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Heracles and Hydra

The Twelve Labors of Hercules

Lesson Plans by Anna Warfield

Herakles, known more commonly by the Latinized name Hercules, is one of the greatest heroes - ever! We get the word "Herculean" in English, meaning "requiring enormous effort", from the story of Hercules, who had superhuman strength and accomplished twelve seemingly impossible tasks.
Hercules as Epic Hero

Epic Hero

By Rebecca Ray

Protagonists come in many varieties. Some are relatable and easy to identify with. Others are constantly struggling and easy to sympathize with. An archetypal protagonist is the "Epic Hero", a character with impressive qualities who completes awe-inspiring deeds. This lesson helps students identify and understand the epic hero in literature.


Greek Mythology: The 12 Labors of Hercules

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Herakles Epic Hero | Hercules Epic Hero Storyboard Example

Storyboard Text

  • DEMI-GOD
  • NOBLE BIRTH
  • AMAZING STRENGTH
  • SUPERHUMAN CAPABILITIES
  • SPANS THE KNOWN WORLD
  • VAST TRAVELER
  • DIVERSE FIGHTING METHODS
  • UNMATCHED WARRIOR
  • WELL KNOWN BY ALL
  • CULTURAL LEGEND
  • Look! That's Herakles!
  • TASKS ASSIGNED BY EURYSTHEUS
  • HUMILITY
  • DEFEATS MONSTERS
  • BATTLES SUPERNATURAL FOES
  • Herakles' father is none other than Zeus, king of the gods and lord of the sky.
  • Herakles has superhuman strength that he uses regularly. For example, he defeated the invulnerable Nemean Lion with his bare hands.
  • Herakles literally travels to the ends of the earth to accomplish his tasks.
  • Herakles is skilled with club, bow, sword, and unarmed combat.
  • Herakles is easy to recognize with his armor made from the Nemean Lion's invulnerable pelt.
  • He is the strongest man alive!
  • To atone for the death of his family, Herakles completes the Labors given him by a lesser man.
  • Herakles defeats many monsters before, during, and after his 12 Labors. Monsters include the Lernaean Hydra, Kerberos, Geryon, and Nessos the centaur.