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12 Labours of Herakles

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Once upon a time, according to ancient Greek myth, there lived a race of half-gods. They did not live forever like the gods, but were stronger, more courageous, more beautiful than humans. They were called Heroes. One of the most remarkable among them was Herakles (Hercules) - instantly recognisable by his physique and his famous 12 Labours.

Why did Herakles carry out the 12 Labours?. The most common version of the myth recounts how Hera sent Herakles into a fit of madness, during which he killed his wife and children. The oracle at Delphi told him that in penance he must serve Eurystheus, king of Tiryns, for twelve years. Eurystheus imposed twelve gruelling tasks on his servant.

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