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Ancient Greece - Hercules
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     Greek people loved to tell stories. They believed in many gods. They thought that all the gods lived like people and had families. Greeks had many stories about gods and their lives. They also had many stories about great heroes. Heroes were very famous Greek people. Greeks thought that heroes were almost like gods. Heroes were very strong and helped all other people.
 
2     Have you ever heard of Hercules? Maybe you have seen a movie about him. Maybe you have read about him. Maybe you know that he was a very strong man. Hercules was one of Greeks great heroes. Greek people had many stories about Hercules.
 
3     Greeks thought that Hercules was the son of the god Zeus and Alcmene. Alcmene was a beautiful Greek woman. Zeus was the most powerful of all the Greek gods. Hercules had a very difficult life, though. There was a god who didn't like Hercules very much. Her name was Hera.
 
4     According to the story, when Hercules was a baby, Hera sent snakes to kill him. Remember that Hercules was strong. He was able to kill all the snakes! That made Hera even madder. When Hercules grew older, Hera cast a spell on him. This spell made Hercules go crazy. Hercules killed his wife and two children while he was crazy.
 
5     Hercules later got well again. Of course, he became very upset that he killed his family. He asked the gods to help him. The Greek god Apollo told Hercules he must serve his cousin for twelve years. His cousin was a king. He made Hercules to do twelve very hard tasks.

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