The 12 Labours of Herakles (Hercules)

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. In our Museum, we have three metopes (a square panel on the facade of a temple) from the Temple of Zeus at Olympia depicting three of Herakles' labours. Can you name them? We have given you a photo of each labour which may help you... If you do visit our Museum, you will find the metopes in Bay B, on the wall.

Useful links:
http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/ark.html




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