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Mythematics by Michael Huber

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The Authors of the Hercules Myth

 

C.1. The Authors

 

There are at least four main authors from classical times who wrote about Hercules and his labors: Apollodorus, Diodorus Siculus, Hyginus, and Euripides. The epic poet Homer also mentions Hercules in The Iliad. In addition, there are several passages in The Greek Anthology that refer to Hercules and his 12 labors. Book XVI of The Greek Anthology contains epigrams by several different authors. Each epigram is a short verse describing the wondrous deeds of Hercules. Number 92 has an anonymous author and is entitled “The Labours of Heracles”:

First, in Nemea he slew the might lion. Secondly, ...

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