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Title: Chapter Fourteen, Lecture One


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Chapter Fourteen, Lecture One
  • Heracles

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Heracles
  • Strong man and primitive tough guy
  • But still admired and venerated for heroism
    dangerous tasks done with physical strength for a
    good purpose

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Heracles
  • Representation of natural world by toting a
    clubshield and spear were civilized weapons!
  • Bad manners and behavior

4
Heracles
  • BUT he rid the civilized world of dangerous men,
    animals, and beasts!

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Heracles
  • He was eventually taken to Olympus where he
    became a god.

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Heracles
  • Alcmena is a decendant of Perseus.

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Heracles Geneology
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The Birth of Heracles
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The Birth of Heracles
  • Pirates kill all but one of Electryons sons.
  • Prepares a campaign against them
  • Gives Amphitryon Alcmena to watch over
  • But he and Amphitryon get into a fight and
    Amphitryon kills him over a herd of cattle.
  • Amphitryon escapes to Thebes with Alcmena and
    marries her.
  • Banished because he shed kindred blood, his uncle

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The Birth of Heracles
  • Alcmena wont have sex with him until Amphitryon
    avenges the death of her brothers.
  • Meanwhile, Zeus sneaks in, disguised as her
    husband.
  • Amphitryon comes later.
  • Thus, there are divine and human seed in her and
    she gives birth to twins.
  • Heracles (Alcides) demigod
  • Iphicles mortal

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The Birth of Heracles
  • Zeuss boast about Eileithyia delivering a ruler
    on that day, a descendent of Zeus who will rule
    all surrounding regions
  • Hera holds up Heracles birth and advances
    Eurystheuss birth 2 months early
  • Eurystheus ends up being ruler. Heracles becomes
    a slave to him
  • Lucina (Eileithyia) sat outside the birthing room
    with her legs crossed and fingers crossed to
    delay Heracles birth.
  • Galanthis pretended he had been born and Lucina
    stood up thus allowing Alcmena to give birth.
    Turned into a weasel.

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The Birth of Heracles
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Heracless Youthful Deeds
Serpents
The Milky Way
Autolycus
Eurytus
Linus
Daughters of Thespius
Erginus of the Minyans
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Serpents
  • Hera sent venomous serpents to kill Heracles, but
    he grabbed them in his baby fists and strangled
    them. This is how Amphitryon figured out which
    son was his and which was Zeus.

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Milky Way
  • Hera took pity and breast fed Heracles, but he
    bit her so she threw him from her and Heras
    spurting milk became the Milky Way.

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Tutors
  • Autolycus was King of Thieves and the father of
    Odysseus. Wrestling tutor for Heracles.
  • Eurytus was the best archer. Heracles tutor on
    how to shoot a bow and arrow.
  • Linus was Heracles tutor for the lyre. Linus
    complained about Heracles big, clumsy fingers
    breaking the strings, so Heracles killed him by
    bashing in his head with the lyre.
  • Heracles was acquitted of the murder by way of
    self-defense.

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Daughters of Thespius
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Daughters of Thespius
  • While hunting a lion, Heracles stayed with
    Thespius and each night Thespius sent one of his
    fufty daughters to Heracles bed. Heracles
    thought it was the same woman every night.
  • Another version All 50 were sent to him in one
    night and he slept with all of them thinking they
    were one woman.
  • Thus begetting his first 50 children!!

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Daughters of Thespius
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Erignus
  • He intercepted heralds on their way to collect
    100 cattle from Thebes, so he cut off the
    heralds noses and ears, put them on strings
    around the heralds necks and sent them back to
    Erginus.
  • Erginus attacked Thebes, but Heracles armed them
    with weapons from temples. They won and forced
    the Minyans to pay twice as much.

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Madness and Murder
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Madness and Murder
  • Married to Megara, daughter of Creon, the new
    king of Thebes
  • Driven mad by Hera and kills Megara and their
    three children stabbed the first, shot the
    second with an arrow and then bashed in his head,
    shot third child and Megara with same arrow.
  • Athena appeared and hit him in the chest with a
    rock. He fell into a coma
  • After consulting at Delphi, as punishment,
    Heracles must serve Eurystheus, his cousin as a
    slave.

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Madness and Murder
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