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Alcmene

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In Greek mythology, the mother by Zeus of Hercules.

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Cerberus

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Monstrous hound that guards the entrance to the Underworld, often called ‘the dog of Hades’. Hesiod makes him a child of Echidna and Typhon, ‘brass‐voiced and fifty‐headed’; three heads are...

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Heraclidae

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(Ἡρακλει̑δαι). The myth of the return of the descendants of Heracles to the Peloponnese functioned, above all, as a charter myth for the division of the Peloponnese between different Dorian...

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Hercules

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From Hercles, Italic pronunciation of the name Heracles. His was perhaps the earliest foreign cult to be received in Rome, the Ara Maxima, which was his most ancient place of worship, being...

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Iolaus

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Younger companion and helper of Heracles, was identified as the son of his half-brother Iphicles and often appeared with Heracles in cult. He was worshipped notably at Thebes (1) and ...

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Menippe

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Name of a Nereid (see Nereus) in Hesiod, Theogonia 260, and of two or three insignificant heroines, as the mother of Eurystheus (scholiast Ad Iliadem 19. 116, which also gives ...

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