The Eleventh Labor is a traditional Greek myth that can be told in a variety of ways. In Apollodorus' version, Heracles is shown as a trickster figure as well as the hero. He is portrayed as intelligent as well as strong in his diverse trials to get the apples from the Garden. First he must discover where the garden is located which he does by entrapping the Old Man of the Sea, Nereus who is a shape shifter and not easily restrained. Following Nereus' directions, Heracles finds himself wrestling with Anta...
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...e loses her immortality while in the Garden of the Hesperides eating the apples will cause immortality. Despite this minor difference, in both stories the apples distinctly represent mortality.
Greek mythology is a well known religion and the twelve labors of Heracles are to some degree common knowledge. It is not often compared to monotheistic religions however due to its polytheism nature. When reading the details of the well known Greek myths it is hard to miss it's roots in much older religions of monotheism. Greek mythologies heroes, morals, and stories all contain borrowed aspects of much older religions such as Christianity, Zoroastrianism, and Sumerian religions. Although Heracles may be the most famous demi-god in modern popular culture, he is simply an adaptation and combination of older and more mysterious heroes from other religions throughout the world.
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