Facts and Figures about Heracles
|Homes of Heracles|
|Education of Heracles|
|Twelve Labours of Heracles|
|Companions of Heracles|
|Thebes, Boeotia||Creon||Birth place of Heracles. Lived here, until he killed his children.|
|Tiryns (or Mycenae), Argolis||Eurystheus||Where he had to report to Eurystheus, when performing the Twelve Labours.|
|Lydia||Omphale||Lived as slave of Omphale.|
|Tegea, Arcadia||Cepheus||Lived here, when banished from Tiryns. Based for his campaigns in Peloponnese.|
|Calydon, Aetolia||Oeneus||Where he married Deianeira. Exiled for accidental killing of the cupbearer, Oeneus’ nephew.|
|Trachis, Trachinia||Ceyx||Last home of Heracles.|
Below are the list of name who trained Heracles.
|Amphitryon, stepfather of Heracles.||Driving chariot.|
|Castor, son of Zeus and Leda.||Swordsmanship.|
|Eurytus, king of Oechalia.||Archery.|
|Autolycus, son of Hermes, master thief.||Wrestling.|
|Harpalycus, son of Hermes.||Boxing.|
|Linus, possibly the son of Apollo.||Lyre and music.|
Here are the list of the Twelve Labours of Heracles, which the hero performed for his cousin, King Eurystheus of Mycenae and Tiryns. These tasks were to personally atone for murdering his children.
|I||Killed the Nemean Lion|
|II||Killed the Hydra|
|III||Captured the Cerynitian Hind|
|IV||Captured the Erymanthian Boar|
|V||Clean the Stable of Augeias|
|VI||Drive out the Stymphalian Birds|
|VII||Fetch the Cretan Bull|
|VIII||Fetch the Mares of Diomedes|
|IX||Fetch the Hippolyte’s Belt|
|X||Fetch the Cattle of Geryon|
|XI||Fetch the Golden Apples of Hesperides|
|XII||Fetch Cerberus, the Hound of the Underworld|
|Iolaus||Squire and charioteer of Heracles.||Son of Iphicles and Automedusa; nephew of Heracles.|
|Hylas||Squire of Heracles in the Argonautica.||Son of Theiodamas, king of the Dryopes, and of the nymph Menodice.|
|Telamon||Companion in the Amazon adventure,
and lieutenant in war against Troy.
|Son of Aeacus and Endeis.|
|Theseus||Athenian hero; occasional companion.||Son of Poseidon or Aegeus and of Aethra; cousin of Heracles.|
|Lichas||Herald of Heracles.|
|Galanthis||Slavegirl and midwife of Alcmene.|
Below is the list of children of Heracles, known as the Heraclids. I have also listed his wives and lovers, beside the names of the children.
Any name of the woman with an asterisk *, indicates as Heracles’ wife.
|Mothers||Children of Heracles|
|* Hebe (Ἥβη)||Alexiares and Anicetos|
|* Megara (Μέγαρα), daughter of Creon of Thebes||Therimachus, Deicoon, Creontiades|
|* Deïaneira (Δηιάνειρα), daughter of Oeneus of Calydon||Hyllus (Ὓλλος), Glenus, Ctesippus, Odites, Macaria (daughter)|
|Auge (Αὔγη) or Astyocles, daughter of Aleus of Tegea||Telephus (Τήλεφος)|
|* Omphale (Ὀμφάλη), daughter of Iardanes||Lamus or Agelaus|
|Astyoche, daughter of Phylas||Tlepolemus|
|Chalciope, daughter of Eurypylus||Thettalus|
|Epicaste, daughter of Augeias||Thestalus|
|Parthenope, daughter of Stymphalus||Everes|
|Astydameia or Deïdameia, daughter of Amyntor||Ctesippus|
|Autonoe, daughter of Peireus||Palaimon|
|Rhea, a priestess||Aventinus|
|Celtine, daughter of Bretannus||Celtus|
|part woman, part serpent||Agathyrsus, Gelonus, Scythes|
|49 daughters of King Thespius of Thespiae:
Antileon and Hippeus
Note that the list of Heracles’ lovers and his children, come from Apollodorus’ Library. A few names may be missing in the daughters of Thespius. Also this list may conflict with other list from other writers.
For example, another writer says Thespius’ daughter Arge had twins, comparing this Procis who was mentioned in the above list having twins. Also I listed Toxicrate as the mother of Lycurgus, but another writer say that Lycurgus’ mother was Praxithea.
There also seemed to be a son named Antimachus, whose mother was the daughter of Thespius, but was not listed in my list.