The First Labor of Heracles: The Nemean Lion

The First Labor of Heracles: The Nemean Lion

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The first labor takes place in the region of Nemea in the land of Greece! Some events take place in Cleonae.

Heracles is believed to have lived around 2100 BCE. While the myth began in Greece, the story was later adopted into Roman society.

Heracles was a myth about a demigod born from a union between the god Zeus and a mortal named Alchmene. Zeus tricked alchmene into physical intimacy by taking the form of her husband Amphytrion. Zeus’ wife Hera persecutes the hero from craddle to grave.

There was a curse placed on Heracles by Zeus’ wife Hera. This curse caused Heracles to go mad and kill his wife and children. As punishment or penance for the hero’s violence, Heracles would perform the 12 labors. 

The First Labor of Heracles: The Nemean Lion


As punishment for slaughtering his own wife and children, Hercules had to complete 12 labors. His first labor was to bring Eurysthrus the skin of an invulnerable LION that terrorizes the hills around Nemea. Hercules strangled the lion to death and sacrificed himself and a friend named Molorchus. After discovering the death of the lion, Eurystheus became afraid of Hercules and sent him his commands to forbid him from entering through the gates of the city.

What is the task?

The task is to bring King Eurystheus the skin of an invulnerable lion that terrorizes the hills around Nemea.

What town and who did Hercules stay with?

Hercules stayed with a poor workman for hire, Molorchus, in a town called Cleonae.

What did Molorchus offer?

Molorchus offered to sacrifice an animal to pray for a safe lion hunt.

What did Hercules tell Molorchus?

Molorchus will wait 30 days, if Hercules returned then they would sacrifice to Zeus, however, if Hercules died, Molorchus will sacrifice instead to Hercules.

Where did Hercules lead the lion?

Hercules leads the lion into a cave with two entrance, one which Hercules blocked.

How did the lion die?

Hercules grasps the lion in his mighty arms and choked the lion to death.

How did King Eurystheus react to Hercules completing the labor?

King Eurystheus became afraid of Hercules and forbid him from entering through the gates of the city.

What did King Eurystheus have?

Eurystheus had a large bronze jar made and buried partway in the earth, where he can hide from Hercules if he needed to.

What did King Eurysthe send?

King Eurystheus sent his commands to Hercules through a herald, because he refused to see Hercules face to face.


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.