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Heracles and the Egyptian Pharaoh

According to the legend, Heracles was once captured during a journey through Egypt in order to be sacrificed at the behest of Pharaoh Busiris, a son of Poseidon.

The tyrant hoped with this gruesome human sacrifice to end a period of drought lasting for nine years.

The men of Busiris arrested Heracles and then tied him up well with sheepskin straps to sacrifice him to Zeus.

At the altar however, Heracles tore apart his schackles, tied Busiris to the altar and killed him and his son Amphidamas as well as his entire retinue. and went on with his journey.

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