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CaptionHeracles capturing the Cretan bull. Extraordinary strength courage ingenuity and sexual prowess with both males and females were among his characteristic attributes. Although he was not as clever as the likes of Odysseus or Nestor Heracles used his wits on several occasions when his strength did not suffice such as when laboring for the king Augeas of Elis wrestling the giant Antaeus or tricking Atlas into taking the sky back onto his shoulders. Together with Hermes he was the patron and protector of gymnasia and palaestrae. His iconographic attributes are the lion skin and the club. These qualities did not prevent him from being regarded as a playful figure who used games to relax from his labors and played a great deal with children. By conquering dangerous archaic forces he is said to have "made the world safe for mankind" and to be its benefactor. Heracles was an extremely passionate and emotional individual capable of doing both great deeds for his friends such as wrestling with Thanatos on behalf of Prince Admetus who had regaled Heracles with his hospitality or restoring his friend Tyndareus to the throne of Sparta after he was overthrown and being a terrible enemy who would wreak horrible vengeance on those who crossed him as Augeas Neleus and Laomedon all found out to their cost. -- --- --- Many popular stories were told of his life the most famous being The Twelve Labours of Heracles; Alexandrian poets of the Hellenistic age drew his mythology into a high poetic and tragic atmosphere.[8] His figure which initially drew on Near Eastern motifs such as the lion-fight was known everywhere: his Etruscan equivalent was Hercle a son of Tinia and Uni.
HeadlineIn Rome and the modern West he is known as Hercules the greatest of the Greek heroes a paragon of masculinity. Many popular stories were told of his life the most famous being The Twelve Labours of Heracles
KeywordsHercules Hercle
Copyright Noticeen.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Heracles
URLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracles

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