Classical Mythology

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Wednesday November 7, 2007 Walter Burkert was a scholar of Greek mythology and religion. Herakles is compared to Babylonian Marduk and Gilgamesh, Sumerian Ninurta, and Egyptian Ammon. Zeus slept with Alcmene, a mortal woman, and nine months later she gave birth to twins. He disguised himself as her husband, Amphitryon, Zeus said that at the time the descendant of Perseus would rule Greece. However, Eurystheus was also said to rule and Zeus told Hera that if Herakles could perform the twelve labors, he would become god. Linus was Herakles’ tutor when he was young, who he killed with a lyre.
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Unformatted text preview: One of his challenges was by King Thepius to impregnate each of his 50 daughters, and Herakles did this in one night. Herakles married King Creons daughter, Megara.-- In Madness of Herakles by Euripedes, Hera sends Herakles with anger and he kills Megara and his children. King Eurytus promised his daughter, Iole, and when he abandoned it, he killed the king and his sons, excluding Ioles brother, Iphitus. Again, Hera drove him mad and he threw him over the city wall....
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