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Hercules and the Hydra, a painting by Antonio del Pollaiolo. Now it is in the Uffizi in Florence

Hercules is a hero in Roman mythology. He is a mortal son of Alcmene and Zeus. Hercules is known for his great strength. In Greek mythology he is named Herakles, but he has some different stories.

Etymology[change | change source]

The name Hercules (Latin Herculēs) comes from the Etruscan Hercle. He was an Etruscan hero who was the equivalent to the Greek hero Herakles.

The twelve[change | change source]

In one of the more well known stories of Hercules, he had to complete twelve tasks. These tasks were:

Other versions of the title Hercules[change | change source]

Hercules is also a character in Marvel Comics. He was an ally of the mighty Thor. He is the leader and a founding member of the super team the Champions. He was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962.

Hercules also appears in the 1997 Disney movie of the same name, in which he is voiced by Tate Donovan.

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