Heracles was the half god, half mortal son of Zeus, King of the Gods, and a mortal woman, Alkmene. He is more commonly known by his Roman name, Hercules.
The pan-Hellenic mythological hero was famed for his great strength and endurance. He was celebrated as an extraordinary mortal who, through success in seemingly impossible labours, won his immortal place amongst the Olympian gods. Being the greatest of Greek mythological heroes, he has been ascribed a multitude of adventures and heroic exploits over the centuries which were probably originally connected to lesser, more local figures.
- Photo: Heracles, originally by Lysippos (marble, Roman copy called Hercules Farnese, 216 CE), Paul Stevenson • CC BY 2.0.
- Heracles at the Ancient History Encyclopedia (Retrieved on October 22, 2017).