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Hercules (mythology)
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Fictional Character
    Roman adaptation of Grecian divine hero Heracles
    God of strength, sports athletes, health, agriculture, fertility, and trade
    Son of Jupiter (Zeus) and Alcmene (a mortal)
    Translates to ‘glorious gift of Hera’
    Do not confuse with Heraclitus.
    So pissed was Hera at the name he was given that – just for starters – she put two snakes in his crib to kill him.
    He killed his music teacher with a lyre.
    For killing his first wife and children, he volunteered to 10 (later 12) progressively difficult labors — one of which involved cleaning out stables full of horse dung in a single day.
    His second wife gave him a cloak onto which she had rubbed a potentially fatal balm she thought was a love potion.
    The reef knot that was supposed to be nigh impossible to untie is sometimes named for him.
    Oh, the movies, TV shows, and Saturday morning cartoons – including one in which he would have to carry a special ring while doing battle on Earth – made about this guy.
    Given the sheer scope of stories and artwork, on top of the aforementioned motion pictures, we’ll never know whether he really existed, let alone his true history.
    As the snakes in his crib found out the painful way, he was the mythological equivalent of Bamm-Bamm Rubble.
    He received no fewer than six different cult titles, including Magnus (‘the Great’) and Olivarius (‘the Olive Merchant’).
    He requested the 12 Labors in the bid to cleanse the evil out of his soul.
    On Zeus’ recommendation, Hera was eventually convinced to accept the kid.
    He was a favorite subject for Etruscan art — especially on bronze mirrors.
    On his death, he would be brought up to Olympus to live alongside the gods.
    His ‘likeness’ was featured as a heraldic supporter on the royal arms of Greece for more than a century.
    He will never be confused with the overweight cat.

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