Hercules' labors By: Wesley Takahashi & Matthew Jacobs

1st Labor The Nemean lion

He had to bring the skin of a dangerous lion that terrorized the people around Nemea. He stayed at a house with the owner Molorchus. Hercules cornered the lion by going to the lion's cave and blocking one of the entrances and entering through the other. He then strangled the lion to death.

Hercules fighting the Nemean lion

Citation Information: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/lion.html


2nd Labor The Lernean Hydra

Hercules had to hunt down the Lernean hydra but was not alone. Iolaus his nephew, Hercules cut the heads off as Iolaus burns the heads so they don't grow back therefore killing the hydra.

Hercules slaying the hydra

Citation Information:http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/hydra.html


3rd Labor The Hind of Ceryneia Diana's Pet deer

He had to get the deer to Eurystheus. He shot the deer in the leg and carried it back to Eurystheus. Diana and Apollo met with him.

Capturing the deer

Citation Information: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/hind.html


4th Labor The Erymanthian Boar

He had to hunt down the boar. He visited a friend Pholus who was a centaur. His Pholus died from an arrow wound in the leg. Hercules chased the boar and cornered in a net and brought him all the way to Eurystheus.

Hercules and centaur Pholus shaking hands.

Citation information: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/boar.html


5th Labor The Augean Stables

He had to clean the Augean Stables. He diverted two rivers to go through the yard and it would clean the yard. Augean son came along to watch.

People leading cows

Citation information: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/stables.html


6th Labor The Stymphalian Birds

He had to drive away an enormous flock of birds which gathered at a lake near the town of stymphalos. Athena helped him by providing a pair of bronze krotala. The krotala scared the bird out of the trees and then shooting them with a bow and arrow.

Hercules and the stymphalian birds

Citation Information: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/birds.html


7th Labor The Cretan Bull

He had to kill the Cretan Bull. He killed the bull at Marathon later he sailed to Crete and killed the minotaur that was born from the bull and a women.

Bull fresco from the Palace of Minos in Knossos

Citation Information: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/bull.html


8th Labor The Man-Eating Horses of Diomedes

He had to get the man-eating mares of Diomedes. Hercules sailed with a band of volunteers across the Aegean to Bistonia. Hercules trusted the mares to a someone named abderos. He took the mares back t Eurystheus

Horse and Groom

Citation information: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/horses.html


9th Labor Hippolyte's Belt Hercules Fights the Amazons

Hercules had to bring Eurystheus the belt of Hippolyte. Hercules' friends helped him get the belt. Hercules killed Hippolyte with his sword and killed the other warriors and returned the belt to Eurystheus.

Amazon on Horseback

Citation Information: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/amazon.html


10th Labor The Cattle of Geryon

Journey to the end of the world and bring the cattle of the monster Geryon to Eurystheus. Hercules killed Geryon and his brother Orthrus. He had to travel across Thrace to gather the scattered bull that had gone wild. He later regrouped the cattle and brought them to Eurystheus.

Attic red figure

Citation information: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/cattle.html


11th Labor The Apples of the Hesperides

He had to bring Eurystheus an golden apple that belonged to Zeus. He did it by tricking Atlas to bring the apple to him and then ran off with the apple while Atlas was lifting the sky and ground.

Eagle with wings outstretched.

Citation Information: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/apples.html


12th Labor Cerberus

He had to kidnap Cerberus. Hercules had a deal with The lord of the underworld that he could take Cerberus, but only if he defeated the beast with brute force. He wrestled the beast and won and took Cerberus back to Eurystheus.

Hercules and Cerberus.

Citation information: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/cerberus.html

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