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Heracles (Hercules): Birth and Early Adventures

Heracles (Hercules): Birth and Early Adventures

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Characters in Heracles (Hercules): Birth and Early Adventures

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Heracles (Hercules)

Think of the biggest hunkiest guy that you've ever laid eyes on. Now multiply that hunky factor by the biggest number you can think of. There you go: Heracles. He wasn't just a hero to the ancient...

Hera (Juno)

The queen of the gods absolutely despises Heracles, because he is yet another reminder of her husband Zeus' cheating, philandering ways. Most of the time, Hera takes out her anger on Zeus' many mis...


Alcmene, Heracles' mother, is a granddaughter of the great hero Perseus. Because of her, Heracles gets tons of awesome hero genes, which help to make him so amazing. Some say that Alcmene's heritag...


Ilithyia is the goddess of childbirth, who helps Hera to slow down the birth of Heracles. She's tricked by Galanthis, Alcmene's servant, into letting Heracles be born. It might seem kind of weird t...

Athena (Minerva)

Athena is the goddess of wisdom and strategic aspects of war. She is also pretty much every Greek hero's best buddy. She helps out Perseus, Jason, Odysseus, and bunch of others as well. So, it's no...


Galanthis is the servant and friend of Alcmene, Heracles' mother. She manages to trick Ilithyia, goddess of childbirth, into letting Heracles be born. Some say that Ilithyia actually changed Galant...


Amphytrion is Heracles' foster father. He seems to take it in stride that his wife has been impregnated by Zeus. But, then again, what exactly can you do against the king of the gods?

Zeus (Jupiter)

There are a ton of Greek myths that start with some pretty woman catching the eye of Zeus, the king of the gods. Nymphs, goddesses, girls – Zeus loved them all. So, when we hear of his lust for A...

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