Essay on Heracles and Perseus

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Greek myths began as spoken stories that were passed on from generation to generation.


Hercules’s father was Zeus who was the most powerful of the gods. His mother was Hera, which was the queen of gods. Hercules was both the most known and beloved hero in ancient times. Hercules was worshipped in many temples all over Grease and Rome. Zeus fell in love with a Greek women named Alcmene. Zeus got her pregnant while her husband was away. Hera was furious when she found out about the baby, but what got her even angrier was that they names him Hercules which means “glorious gift of Hera” in Greek. She was so angry that she sent two snakes in crib to kill him but Hercules strangled both snakes each in one hand before they could bite him. Hercules grew up to be a great warrior, he married Megra and had two children. Hera sent a fit of madness to Hercules that put him in such great rage that he murdered Megra and his two kids. For the unforgivable acts he committed he had to preform the twelve labors as punishment. Some of the twelve labors were, The Nemean lion, The Learnean Hydra, and, The Kind of Ceryneia. Hera wasn’t the only deadliest enemy Hercules had. Nessus who trained most of the heroes in Greek Mythology tried to rape Herculeses wife, he talked her into giving Hercules a deadly poison, which was his blood, poisoned. Hercules asked his father to let him die because the poison was burning him alive from the inside out, and he was suffering. In like manner there was another hero that goes by the name of Perseus.

Perseus was one of the major heroes in Greek Mythology. He is best known for the decapitation of Medusa, who head turned people to stone. Perseuses mother was Danae, Danae conceived Perseus when Zeus impregnated her in the form of a “golden shower”. When Danaes dad Acrisius found out about the babe he was ectremelly paranoid because he asked a oracle what would happen if his daughter were to have a son, and the answer he got was shocking. He was told that if his daughter were to have a son then her son would kill him. Out of paranoia Acrisius put perseus and his mother on wooden arc and told then to drift away as far as possible. After a couple of days they washed up on the island of Seriphos, there a fishermen named Dictus who was the brother of Polydectes the islands tryant found them and let them live with him. As