Definition of Heracles

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

Exact synonyms: Alcides, Herakles, Hercules
Category relationships: Classical Mythology
Generic synonyms: Mythical Being
Derivative terms: Herculean, Herculean



Definition of Heracles

1. Proper noun. (Greek mythology): Son of Zeus and Alcmene, a celebrated hero who possessed exceptional strength. Most famous for his 13 labors performed to redeem himself after killing his family. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Heracles

Hephthalite
Hephthalites
Hephzibah
Hephæstos
Hephæstus
Heptateuch
Hepworth
Her Honor
Her Maj
Her Majesty
Her Royal Highness
Hera
Heracleitus
Heracleonite
Heracleonites
Heracles (current term)
Heracleum
Heracleum sphondylium
Heraclitus
Herakles
Heraklion
Herat
Herati
Heratis
Herb
Herb Simon
Herbart
Herbert
Herbert A. Simon
Herbert Alexander Simon

Literary usage of Heracles

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1. Harper's Dictionary of Classical Literature and Antiquities by Harry Thurston Peck (1897)
"Heracles consented, aud asked Atlas to take the burden only a moment, while he adjusted a cushion tor his bead ; he then hurried oft' with his prize. ..."

2. The History of Herodotus by Herodotus, George Campbell Macaulay (1904)
"About Heracles I heard the account given that he was of the number of the twelve gods; but of the other Heracles Heracles of the . >. whom the Hellenes know ..."

3. The Mythology of Greece and Rome: Presented with Special Reference to Its by Arthur Fairbanks (1907)
"The career of Heracles is determined by his relation to several gods. He was a favorite son of Zeus,* but the jealousy of Hera pursued him with toil and ..."

4. The Growth and Influence of Classical Greek Poetry: Lectures Delivered in by Richard Claverhouse Jebb (1894)
"When Heracles had so spoken, the god sent forth the king of birds, a mighty eagle, and sweet pleasure thrilled through the hero, and he spake as a prophet ..."

5. Sophocles by Lewis Campbell (1879)
"Heracles. — In concentrating our sympathies on Deianira, the poet seems to have felt that Heracles alone could hardly be the protagonist of a tragedy. ..."

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