The myth of herakles
He used the souls to help convince Hades to hand over the dog.
The expedition against Cycnus, in which Iolaus accompanied Heracles, is the ostensible theme of a short epic attributed to Hesiod , Shield of Heracles. As penalty for a murder, imposed by Xenoclea , the Delphic Oracle , Heracles was to serve as her slave for a year. Capture the Cretan Bull the harmful bull, father of the Minotaur , was laying waste to the lands round Knossos on Crete. He brought them to Eurystheus, who dedicated the horses to Hera and set them free. For the last labor, Eurystheus decided on something he knew would be impossible: to bring back, alive, the three-headed dog who guarded the entrance to Hades. Steal the Mares of Diomedes stealing the horses from Diomedes ' stables that had been trained by their owner to feed on human flesh was his next challenge. Obtain the girdle of Hippolyta , Queen of the Amazons Hippolyta was an Amazon queen and she had a girdle given to her by her father. Deianira kept the shirt of Nessus for years before she finally gave it to Heracles , fearing that he has fallen in love with Iole. Heracles had to first find where the garden was; he asked Nereus for help.
In chapter 3 of his GermaniaTacitus states Previously, Poseidon had sent a sea monster to attack Troy. A mild oath invoking Hercules Hercule!
By hiding beside the grave of Alcestis, Heracles was able to surprise Death when he came to collect her, and by squeezing him tight until he relented, was able to persuade Death to return Alcestis to her husband.
Iphitus became Heracles' best friend.
Years later, Heracles and Hylas joined the crew of the Argo. Mark Antony considered him a personal patron god, as did the emperor Commodus.
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