Study Guide

Heracles (Hercules): Later Adventures and Death Omphale

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Heracles starts out as the slave of this beautiful Libyan queen, but he ends up being her husband. Besides being Heracles' second wife, Omphale is most famous for making the mighty hero dress in women's clothing, while she pranced around wearing his lion skin cape and twirling his club. (For real, we couldn't make this up.) This little story was apparently the subject of a lot of comic and erotic literature over the years. One thing's for certain: Heracles had some good times with Omphale.

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