Hercules

Ritchie's Fabulae Faciles 12-56

The Life and Labors of Hercules

12. The Hatred of Juno 13. Hercules and the Serpents 14. The Music Lesson
15. Hercules Escapes Sacrifice 16. A Cruel Deed 17. The Defeat of the Minyae
18. Madness and Murder 19. Hercules Consults the Oracle 20. The Oracle's Reply
21. 1st Labor: The Nemean Lion 22. 2nd Labor: The Lernean Hydra 23. 3rd Labor: The Cerynean Stag
24. 4th Labor: The Erymanthian Boar 25. Hercules at the Centaur's Cave 26. The Fight with the Centaurs
27. The Fate of Pholus 28. 5th Labor: The Augean Stables 29. 6th Labor: The Stymphalian Birds
30. 7th Labor: The Cretan Bull 31. 8th Labor: The Horses of Diomedes 32. 9th Labor: The Girdle of Hippolyte
33. The Girdle is Refused 34. The Battle 35. The Defeat of the Amazons
36. Laomedon and the Sea-Monster 37. The Rescue of Hesione 38. 10th Labor: The Oxen of Geryon
39. The Golden Boat 40. A Miraculous Storm 41. The Passage of the Alps
42. Cacus Steals the Oxen 43. Hercules Discovers the Theft 44. Hercules and Cacus
45. 11th Labor: The Golden Apples 46. Hercules Asks Aid of Atlas 47. Hercules Bears Up the Heavens
48. The Return of Atlas 49. 12th Labor: The Dog Cerberus 50. Charon's Ferry
51. The Realm of Pluto 52. Hercules Crosses the Styx 53. The Last Labor is Accomplished
54. The Centaur Nessus 55. The Poisoned Robe 56. The Death of Hercules



As an infant Hercules foreshadows his heroism, killing dangerous serpents and sleeping in a shield. In his youth he gained a reputation for incredible strength and he delivered the Thebans from oppression of the Minyae. Then, in a madness sent upon him by Juno, he kills his children. He is exiled, spurned by society. In loneliness he roams the wilderness. Finally, he seeks atonement through the Oracle at Delphi. The Sible orders him to submit to the will of king Eurytheus of Tirens. For twelve years he does the king's bidding, and these are the twelve labors of Hercules.
  1. The Nemaean Lion
  2. The Lernaean Hydra
  3. The Cerynian Stag
  4. The Erymanthian Boar
  5. The Augean Stables
  6. The Stymphalian Birds
  7. The Cretan Bull
  8. The Horses of Diomedes
  9. The Belt of Hippolyte
  10. The Cattle of Geryon
  11. The Apples of the Hesperides
  12. Cerberus

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