By Unzala Ali & Lolita Gomez Hercules or Heracles Lineage- Real Parents: Zeus & Alcmena Human Parents: Amphitryon & Alcmena Sibling(s):Iphides Spouse(s): Princess Megara, Princess Deianira, Hebe Children: 3 sons from his first wife, Princess Megara 2 boys; Alexiares & Anicetus from Hebe Symbol(s)- Twin pillars Power(s)- Incredible Strength Weaknesses- Had constant extreme temper tantrums while unaware of his actions -would kill and afterwards would feel an overbearing guilt -lack of intelligence & wisdom Description- moon shaped face –long, wavy, light brown hair –blue eyes –tall frame –muscular arms & shoulders -twice as strong as a human Hercules or Heracles Important Events- Before Hercules was even born, when Amphitryon was away fighting, Zeus visited Alcmena In the shape of him. Alcmena became pregnant with two kids; one who was Zeus’ and, the other was Amphitryon’s. -One night when Hercules and Iphides were sleeping in their crib, two snakes came crawling into the nursery. Iphides screamed while Hercules grabbed each snake in one hand and strangled them to death. -Killed his wife Magara and three sons -To purify himself, he went to his cousin Eurystheus, King of Mycenae, and endured what is known as the ‘12 Labors of Hercules’ Hercules or Heracles 12 Labors of Hercules- 1.Kill lion of Nemea 2.Kill a 9-headed creature, Hydra, in Lerna 3.Bring back alive a stag, which lived in the forests of Cerynitia 4.Capture a great boar on Mt. Erymanthus 5.Clean the Augean stables in one day 6.Drive away the Stymphalian birds 7.Go to Crete and fetch from there the bull that Poseidon had given 8.Get the man-eating mares of King Diomedes of Thrace 9.Bring back the girdle of Hippolyta 10.Bring back the cattle of Geryon 11.Bring back the golden apple of Hesperides 12.Bring back Cerberus, 3-headed dog, up from Hades Hercules or Heracles Important Events (cont.)- Conquest of Antaeus, the giant wrestler - Fought river god, Achelous, over a woman -Won the fight with Achelous and the hand of his next wife Princess Deianira -Rescued King Laonedon’s daughter of Troy -Freed Promtheus -Zeus punished him after slaying a good friend, and became a slave of Queen Omphale in Lydia for 1-3 years -His wife, Deianira, sent him a robe that tortured him and when she found out she killed herself -Hercules soon after killed himself and was sent to heaven where he was reconciled to Hera and married her daughter Hebe (his 3rd wife) Allusions- “My father’s brother – but no more like my father/ than I to Hercules”- Hamlet - “My fate cries out/ and makes each petty attire in this body/ as hardly as the Nemean lion’s nerve”- Hamlet Hercules or Heracles Allusions- “My father’s brother – but no more like my father/ than I to Hercules.”- Hamlet -“My fate cries out/ and makes each petty attire in this body/ as hardly as the Nemean lion’s nerve.”- Hamlet -“Ay that they do, my lord, Hercules and his load too.”Hamlet - “Let Hercules Himself do what he may,/ the cat will mew and the dog will have his day”- Hamlet Apollo • Lineage- Parents: Zeus and Leto (Latona) -Spouse: never really wedded anyone but had a lot of love affairs such as Daphne -Siblings: one twin sister named, Artemis -Children: 5 sons- Aristaeus, Asuepius, Janus, Linus, Trioilus, and Philammon all from various mortal women Symbol: A silver bow and arrow, the golden lyre, and the raven Powers: ability to see the future, his ability to hypnotize people, and his ability to rapidly heal injuries Strengths: his creativeness, his good looks, and his support for arts Weaknesses: Love of nymphs and young women– these relationships often distracted him or got him in trouble Apollo Description: height is 6ft. , weighed 525 lbs., blue eyes and blond hair. Important Events: -His birth on the island of Delos -The slaying of the serpent Python -The slaying of the giant Tityos -The destruction of the Niobedes -His music contest with the satyr Marsyas -The murder of the Kyklopes -His service as bondsman to the mortal Admetos -His struggle with Herakles for the Delphic tripod -The Trojan War in which he brought a plague to the Greeks and helped Paris slay Achilles Apollo Allusions -Daphne and Apollo’s love story are Romeo and Juliet because both are about forbidden love -Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night Dream because Helena is madly in love with Demetrius , yet he is in love Hermia but there is no hope for them to be together Lernaean Hydra Lineage- Parents: Typhon & Echidna Spouse(s): none Sibling(s): Nemean Lion, Cerberus, Chimera, and Ladon Children: none Symbol- The constellation of the great monster Powers- The ability to grow 2 heads when 1 was cut off -Poisonous breath, blood, footsteps, and bite Strengths- Hera was his ally Weaknesses- Only 1 of her heads were immortal Description- Gigantic serpent-like water monster - 9 heads – Reptilian skin Lernaean Hydra Important Events- Her battle with Hercules in which she was killed and became a constellation Allusions- HYDRA; an organization in the Marvel Comics - Their motto is “if a head is cut off, two more will take its place” - HYDRA agents often wear green garb featuring a serpent motif - The expression “hydra-headed” refers to a weed or trouble that is difficult to get rid of Hebe Lineage- Parents: Daughter of Zeus and Hera Spouse: Hercules Siblings: Ares, Hepaustus, Typhaon, Eileithyia, and Enyo (Eris) Children: Alexiares and Anicetus, who remained eternally children Symbol: A cup or pitcher to serve the god Powers: Can restore youth Strengths: youthful Weaknesses: Clumsy and has less charisma than many of the Greek goddesses, relying on her gift to get attention. 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