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Capturing and Bringing Back Cerberus

 
 
      HERCULES 12th LABOR; CAPTURING AND BRINGING BACK CERBERUS
 
Cerberus is said to have been a 3 headed dog with a mane of snakes, and a dragon for a tail. Cerberus was the god Hades pet. Cerberus also guarded the entrance to the underworld making sure that none of the souls should escape and return to the land of the living.

Hades was not only the god of the underworld it was also the name of his domain. The underworld existed beneath the surface of the earth, and was where all souls both good and bad would go. It was said that in order to get to the underworld you needed to cross the river Styx. It was believed that no mortal could venture into the underworld and return to the land of the living.

Even though Hercules was half god, he was still mortal. A trip to a realm where no mortal has ever returned seemed like a perfect way to finish the great Hercules. So Hera and King Eurystheus told Hercules he would have to venture down into the underworld and bring back Cerberus.

Hercules left for his last adventure. Hercules went looking for the priest Eumolpus, best known for starting the Eleusinian mysteries. The Eleusinian mysteries were thought to bring happiness in the underworld for those who learned the mysteries secrets. Just a little insurance should Hercules not be able to return back.

Finally Hercules was ready to venture down into the underworld. Hercules found the entrance at a cave in Tanaerum. With the help of
Hermes Hercules was able to make it to the deepest depths of the underworld where Hercules meet Hades. Hercules asked Hades if he could take Cerberus back to the surface. Hades agreed to not only give Hercules safe passage back BUT also let him take Cerberus IF Hercules did so without weapons and no harm came to Cerberus. Hercules agreed.

Hercules set off back to the entrance of the underworld to fetch Cerberus. Getting Cerberus to go along with Hercules was going to be a feat in itself but nothing the great Hercules wouldn't be able to accomplish. When Hercules found Cerberus he grabbed the creature by the throat and wrestled him to the ground, and then picked the beast up and threw him over his shoulders. With the help of Athena, Hercules was able to return to the surface and make his way back to King Eursytheus.

Hercules arrived at the king's castle with Cerberus over his shoulders. Hercules dropped the giant monster at the base of the city gates, when Eurytheus saw the Cerberus he was frightened and begged Hercules to return the beast in exchange the king would release Hercules from his labors. Hercules let the beast go and the Cerberus went back to Hades and the underworld.

With that Hercules, labors were at long last done, after 10 years of serving the king, and narrowly escaping 12 evil plots of
Hera.Hercules was forgiven for his crimes was made immortal and went to live on Mount Olympus with his father Zeus. When Hercules got to mount Olympus, Hera announced that she no longer hate Hercules and wanted to make amends for all she had put Hercules through and offered Hercules her daughter Hebe for his wife.


 
 
 
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