The 2nd Labor of Heracles: The Lernean Hydra

The 2nd Labor of Heracles: The Lernean Hydra

The Lernean Hydra

The Lernean Hydra By Rafael Jimenez Period 6, Franklin HS Throwback Introduction Hera has been trying to kill Hercules and had another plan on how to kill him. It would take some time though because she didn’t want Zeus to find out that she had killed his own son. Hera went to Hercules and then messed with his mind and when he saw his wife, he bashed her head in. Then when he saw his children, he bashed their heads in too. Hercules had prayed to the god Apollo for guidance, and the god’s oracle told him he would have to serve Eurystheus for twelve years, in punishment for the murders of his own family. As part of his punishments, he had to perform twelve labors, that were so difficult that they seemed impossible.


The Labor I Chose The second labor of Hercules was to kill the Lernean Hydra. From the waters of the swamps near a place called Lerna, the hydra would rise up and torment the countryside. A huge serpent with nine heads it attacks with poisonous venom. This beast wasn’t easy, for one of the nine heads was immortal and indestructible. First, Hercules attracted the creature from its den by shooting flaming arrows at it. Once the hydra came out, Hercules went at it. The hydra was not easily killed, it wounded one of its coils around Hercules’ foot and made it impossible for him to get out.

With his club, he attacked the heads of the hydra but right when he smashed one head, two more would bust out open and a fourth one in its place. The hydra had a friend of its own, a huge crab began biting the trapped foot of Hercules. Quickly trying to kill it with a hit of his club. Hercules called on Iolaus to help him out of this. Each time Hercules hit one of the hydra’s heads, Iolaus held the torch to the headless tendons of the neck. This prevented the growth of other heads and finally, Hercules had the chance to get out. Once he destroyed the eight mortal heads Hercules chopped off the ninth which was the immortal head. Then he buried it at the side of the road leading from Lerna to Elaeus and he covered it with a heavy rock. As for the rest of the headless hydra, Hercules slit opens the body and dipped his arrows in the venomous blood. When he came back the guy Eurystheus was not impressed with Hercules defeating the hydra. He said that since Iolaus had helped him, this labor should not count as one of the ten. Even though this didn’t seem to matter much to anyone else the authors still gave him all of the credit.

Fifth Labor: The Augean Stables

Fifth Labor: The Augean Stables

Fifth Labor: The Augean Stables

Hercules 5th Labor

The Augean Stables Hercules Cleans Up

The 5th Labor of Hercules is about The Augean Stables Hercules Cleans Up. This topic starts off with Eurystheus asking Hercules to go and clean the King Augeas stable. Hercules knew that this job would be dirty and messy. Eurystheus also told him that he would also have to clean up after the cattle of  Augeas in one day. King Augeas have now own more part of the cattle of Greece then anyone had. Also people had also said perhaps he is the son of a God or a son of a Mortale but he was the richest man. He had own herbs like bulls, horses, and others. Hercules said if he cleans the stables

in one day he would want Agueas to give him a tenth of his fine cattle. Agueas couldn’t believe that Hercules was saying such a thing. Hercules took Agueas son to go and watch him. Hercules made two different tares in the stables in opposite sides. Hercules dug wide trenches to two rivers that flowed by and turned the course of the river into that yard. The rivers course cleaned out the stables and went into the mess has been flowed out the hole in the wall. The king would not pay Hercules his reward because  the king Augeas noticed that Eurystheus was behind the labour Hercules was doing. The king also said that he did not remember that he had never promised to give Hercule a reward. If he didn’t like it that he could take it to the judge so that they could do something about the situation. Hercules went to the court and got a judge to fight the case.The judge has ordered the king to pay Hercules for his job done. Agueas son was there to testify that his father had agreed to pay Hercules. Agueas was raged and demanded his son and Hercules to leave the kingdom right away. Agueas son went to go live with his aunt in the north country to live with his aunt. Hercules had went back to Mycenae and Eurystheus said that the labour did not count since Hercules was paid for the labour.

Ares: The God of War

Ares: The God of War

The Figure of Ares

The Greek God Ares is also known as Mars in Rome.

The Wolves Romulous and Remus are said to be descendants of Ares/Mars

The Wolves Romulus and Remus are said to be descendants of Ares/Mars

In Greece, Ares was known as “The God of War.” He is important because he was considered necessary for winning military campaigns.  Athena (sometimes spelled Athene) is also considered a goddess of war and wisdom. So while Mars is considered to be the patron of blood and violence, Athene was associated with organization, strategy and planning for success. Ares represents the violent and physically untamed aspect of war. He is the most unpopular god because of his quick temper, aggressiveness, and unquenchable thirst for conflict. Ares is part of the twelve Olympians gods also known as the “Dodekatheon.”

One of the planets in our solar system is named Mars after Ares the Greek god of war. Mars is the Roman name of Ares. The planet Mars has two moons. The moons that orbit Mars are known as Phobos and Deimos. Phobos represents panic and fear while Deimos represents terror and dread. Ares is known as Mars to the Romans. Phobos and Deimos are twins. Mar’s moons Phoboas and Deimos were discovered in 1877 by Asaph Hall.

Labor Twelve: Cerberus

Labor Twelve: Cerberus

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The Twelfth Labor of Heracles: Cerberus


Capture and bring back Cerberus:The final labour that Heracles had to complete was to capture Cerberus, the three-headed dog and guardian of the Underworld. Before going to the Underworld, Heracles decided to be initiated in the Eleusinian Mysteries, so that he would be taught how to travel alive from the world of the living to the realm of the dead and vice versa. He then went to Tanaerum, where one of the entrances to the Underworld lay, and was helped there by Athena and Hermes. The goddess Hestia also helped him with negotiating with Charon, the boatman that guided the souls over the river Acheron towards the Underworld.

Once he reached the Underworld, he met Theseus and Pirithous, the two heroes that had been incarcerated in the Underworld by Hades for attempting to steal Persephone. According to one version of the story, snakes coiled around their legs and then turned into stone. A different version has it that the god of the Underworld feigned hospitality and invited them to a feast. However, the chairs on which the heroes were seated magically caused forgetfulness, thus keeping them there. Heracles pulled Theseus from his chair, managing to save him; however, part of his thigh was stuck to it, thus providing an explanation of the supposedly lean thighs of Athenians. When the hero tried to save Pirithous, though, the earth started trembling; it seems that because he desired Persephone for himself, it was so insulting that he was not allowed to leave.

Heracles found Hades and asked him to take Cerberus to the surface. The god agreed on the condition that no weapons should be used to achieve it. Heracles managed to subdue the dog with his hands and brought it on his back to Tiryns. Eurystheus fled in horror into his jar and asked Heracles to take the monster back to the Underworld, releasing him from any other labours.”

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