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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek & Roman Mythology Variants of Hercules.

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  • proper n. : Son of Zeus and Alcmene, a celebrated hero who possessed exceptional strength. Most famous for his 12 labors performed to redeem himself after killing his family.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See Hercules.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (classical mythology) a hero noted for his strength; performed 12 immense labors to gain immortality

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek Ἡρακλῆς (Heraklēs), apparently from Ἥρα (Hēra, "Hera") + κλέος (kleos, "glory"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • While Heracles is in the underworld obtaining Cerberus for one of his labors, his father Amphitryon, wife Megara, and children are sentenced to death in Thebes, Greece by Lycus.

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  • Heracles is technically free, but his whole life he has been a slave to the will of the Gods.

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  • Egyptians, — that is to say those of the Hellenes who gave the name Heracles to the son of Amphitryon, — of that, I say, besides many other evidences there is chiefly this, namely that the parents of this Heracles, Amphitryon and Alcmene, were both of

    The History of Herodotus

  • Hellenes who gave the name Heracles to the son of Amphitryon, -- of that,

    The history of Herodotus — Volume 1

  • The title more of less spells it out: it's an RPG set in Ancient Greece, and immortal demi-god Hercules (aka Heracles) factors in somehow.

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  • Such was the issue of the first expedition from Lacedemon: and the burial-place of Anchimolios is at Alopecai in Attica, near the temple of Heracles which is at Kynosarges.

    The History of Herodotus

  • 'Heracles' battle with the Hydra, 'said the Theban.

    Lion Of Macedon

  • For instance, the cult of heroes such as Heracles, Theseus, or Oedipus was an integral part of Greek religious practice

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Book X., is armed with the bow and arrows of Meriones when acting as a spy; in the _Odyssey_ his skill as an archer is notorious, but he would not pretend to equal famous bowmen of an older generation, such as Heracles and Eurytus of OEchalia, whose bow he possessed but did not take to Troy.

    Homer and His Age

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