Saturday, March 27, 2010
Heracles 12 Labors
Heracles' 12 Labors. Good Times. Not quite up to what I wanted it to be, but I have other stuff to do. Good Topic.
As per Tom's Request, the twelve labors are (starting from the bottom left lion and working clockwise)
1. Slay the Nemean Lion
2. Slay the 9-headed Lernaean Hydra.
3. Capture to Golden Hind of Artemis.
4. Capture the Erymanthian Boar.
5. Clean the Augean stables in a single day.
6. Slay the Stymphalian Birds.
7. Capture the Cretan Bull.
8. Steal the Man-Eating Mares of Diomedes.
9. Obtain the Girdle from the Amazon Queen.
10. Obtain the Cattle from the monster Geryon.
11. Steal the Golden Apples of the Hesperides.
12. Capture and bring back Cerberus the three headed guard dog of the underworld.
Heracles was told to complete these quests to redeem himself after killing his own children (however, he was really driven mad by his mother-in-law, Hera).
I've always like this myth for its symbolism and its connection with the zodiac sign (really cool to look at the 12 labors and juxtapose them with the 12 zodiac).