This is my part for the Myth and Legends Club.
Herkules is the famous landmark of my hometown Kassel. So it seems to be the logical choice to make a tag about him.
Driven mad by Hera, Herakles slew his own children. To expiate the crime, Herakles was required to carry out ten labors set by his archenemy, Eurystheus, who had become king in Herakles' place. If he succeeded, he would be purified of his sin and, as myth says, he would be granted immortality. Herakles accomplished these tasks, but Eurystheus did not accept the cleansing of the Augean stables because Herakles was going to accept pay for the labor. Neither did he accept the killing of the Lernaean Hydra as Herakles' cousin, Ioloas, had helped him burn the stumps of the heads. Eurysteus set two more tasks (fetching the Golden Apples of Hesperides and capturing Cerberus), which Herakles performed successfully, bringing the total number of tasks up to twelve.
Not all writers gave the labors in the same order.Apollodorus gives the following order:
- To kill the Nemean lion.
- To destroy the Lernaean Hydra.
- To capture the Ceryneian Hind.
- To capture the Erymanthian Boar.
- To clean the Augean Stables.
- To kill the Stymphalian Birds.
- To capture the Cretan Bull.
- To round up the Mares of Diomedes.
- To steal the Girdle of Hippolyte.
- To herd the Cattle of Geryon.
- To fetch the Apples of Hesperides.
- To capture Cerberus.
Herakles was compelled to capture the bull as his seventh task. He sailed to Crete, whereupon the King of Crete, Minos, gave Herakles permission to take the bull away, as it had been wreaking havoc on Crete. Herakles used his hands to strangle the bull, and then shipped it back to Athens. Eurystheus wanted to sacrifice the bull to Hera, who hated Herakles. She refused the sacrifice because it reflected glory on Herakles. The bull was released and wandered into Marathon, becoming known as the Marathonian Bull.
Some stories say that Herakles, along with Theseus, killed King Minos' Minotaur as the seventh labour.
Our landmark shows him with his club, the lion skin and the apples, his first and 11th task.