“Not quite the word I was looking for, but perhaps a little more off the top.”
Ares and Aphrodite
As was said in the first part of the Heracles tale, Hera hated Zeus’ son bore of another one of his numerous ‘affairs’. But, while he was still a child Heracles was largely protected by his half sister, and the goddess of wisdom, Athena, who took pity on his unfortunate situation.
When he grew up all seemed to be going pretty well, and Heracles married the oldest daughter of King Creon of Thebes, Megara. She bore him many sons and daughters, and for awhile the two lived happily. That is until Hera decided to exact her ‘revenge’ upon Zeus, by punishing Heracles.
One day Heracles was driven into a fit of madness, caused by Hera. In a rage he murdered his children. In some versions, he also murdered his wife, but in others she survived his assault was later given to Heracles’ nephew and friend, Iolaus, when Heracles left Thebes forever.
Eventually his madness subsided and Heracles realized what he had done, he rushed to the Oracle at Delphi to find out how he could be absolved of this sin. He was then told that he must offer himself up as a servant to King Eurystheus, and serve him faithfully for twelve years, doing whatever labor the king instructed of him. After this, he would be gifted with immortality, and absolved of the sin of murdering his children.
King Eurystheus was Heracles’ enemy, and a personal favorite of Hera, who liked him almost solely for this reason. Although Heracles didn’t want to humiliate himself by offering his servitude to a king he (and really everybody else) knew was below him, he forced himself to do so in order to obtain redemption from his crime.
This is how the 12 Labors of Heracles begin.
[The 12 Labors of Heracles will be in a seperate post].
~~ T R A N S P A R E N T ~~
Statue of Zeus at Versailles
Not my pic, just my edit
Pirates of the Caribbean.
2/50 favorite movies (in no order)
with: Winona Ryder, Cher, Christina Ricci
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