Fourth Labor of Hercules

As the ancient legends of the Greeks descend from gods to men, we come to mention of a great and very ancient city, Argos. In this city, wherever it was situated, the Greeks first dwelt, and their earliest heroes ruled. By far the most celebrated of these was Hercules, a son of the great god Jupiter and of a queen of Thebes in Greece. The goddess Juno was his enemy through life and so afflicted him that at length Jupiter decreed that if Hercules could perform twelve great labors he should be raised upon his death to be one of the gods themselves.

The fourth of these labors typical of the others was the capture of the wonderful stag of Cerynea, which had golden antlers and brazen hoofs and roamed with the speed of light among the wildest mountains of Greece. Hercules was to bring the stag unharmed into the presence of his cousin, King Eurystheus of Argos. Hercules chased the stag for a whole year over chasm and rock until at length he wore it down and captured it.

After accomplishing the twelve labors, Hercules did many other deeds of value for men, and became recognized as the great national hero of Greece. After his death, Jupiter fulfilled his promise of making Hercules a god.

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