In ancient times, a general lived in Thebes, Greece. His name was Amphitryon and he was the nephew of the king of Thebes. Amphitryon's wife was the beautiful Alcmene.
Amphitryon and Alcmene had two twins, but they were not similar at all.
One child, whose name was Iphicles, was whining and his body was weak. The other one was strong, courageous, as if he was a child of the gods. His name was Heracles.
Indeed, Heracles was a child of a god, because one day Zeus, the king of the gods, had taken the form of Amphitryon and slept with Alcmene.
When goddess Hera, the jealous wife of Zeus, learned that her husband had a child with a mortal, she became very angry.
And because she could not mess with Zeus, she decided to kill little Heracles.
One night, while the two boys were sleeping in their room, Hera sent two poisonous snakes to kill Heracles. By that time, Heracles was only eight months old.
The snakes entered the room hissing. Iphicles noticed them first and, weak as he was, he started crying.
Soon Heracles was awake too, and when he saw the two snakes approaching his bed, he grabbed them by the neck, held them tightly until he strangled them both.
Everyone in the region learned about the incredible feat of Heracles and everybody said that this child would become a great man one day.
And they were right. Heracles, the son of Zeus, would soon enough become a great hero and the strongest man in Ancient Greece.