THE OLYMPIAN GODS
DEMIGODS & SPIRITS
Ever since he was a child, Heracles made it obvious that he was not a common mortal but was in possession of extraordinary strengths and divine gifts.
Birth of Heracles
Heracles was born in Thebes, Greece, when Zeus managed to seduce his love, Alcmene, by transforming himself into her husband. The affair of Zeus with Alcmene resulted in the hatred of Hera, the jealous wife of Zeus, and her determination to destroy Heracles in any way possible.
The Tragedy of Heracles and the Labors
When he reached manhood, Heracles married Megara, a princess of Thebes and together they had five children. Hera, however, who still hadn't got her revenge, armed Heracles with a destroying anger, which made him kill both his wife and his children.
The Deification of Heracles
Once Heracles, the son of Alcmene, succeeded with his difficult labors, the gods felt that he had completed a huge task. So they gave him Hebe, the daughter of the great Zeus and Hera, as his wife and Heracles moved to snowy Olympus, happy to dwell among immortals, unharmed from calamities and ageless forever.