The Mythology of Hercules
Hercules or Heracles, son of Zeus (king of the gods) and the mortal woman Alcmene, was the greatest hero among the gods. As Hercules was born of Alcmene, Hera (queen of the gods) did not like him and did all that was in her power to make Hercules miserable. Hercules went mad because of Hera and hurt several of those close to him. For his redemption Hercules was tasked with the twelve labors by the king of Tiryns, Eurystheus. Among these labors were slaying the invulnerable lion as well as the multi-headed hydra and retrieving Cerberus, guard of the underworld. Upon completion of the twelve super-human labors, Hercules was without doubt the greatest hero Greece had ever known. For this reason, he was placed in the stars.