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Greek Mythology 3:
The Labors of Hercules




1 Hour

About the Tour

From antiquity down to modern Hollywood films, videogames and comics, ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ has been hailed as the most popular superhero of all ages! Unimaginably strong, brave, and resourceful, ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ has earned this huge fame through his celebrated ๐—ง๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€, set by his cousin and king of Argos Eurystheus, triumphing over vicious beasts and monsters. Rumor has it, after all, that ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ , reaching the crossroads of Virtue and Vice in his early youth, chose to follow the severe and difficult path of virtue that would allow him to serve humanity and be glorified ever after!

๐Ÿ”ด How did the name ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ (or rather Heracles in Greek) end up including that of Hera, who hated the hero to death?
๐Ÿ”ด How did the myth relate ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ with Gibraltar, the Moon, and the Milky Way?
๐Ÿ”ด What tricks did Hera use to make ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ place himself at Eurystheusโ€™ service?
๐Ÿ”ด Which monsters did Hera raise in hope they would slay ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ?
๐Ÿ”ด Where are the Labors supposed to take place?
๐Ÿ”ด What sort of skills and particular weapons did ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ use to achieve them?
๐Ÿ”ด How were ancient Greek painters and sculptors inspired to portray all these tasks in pictures, and which were their favorite?

Guided by colorful stories from ancient Greek literature, letโ€™s follow ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ in his Labours, from slaying the monstrous ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ, to stealing the ๐—š๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—”๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€, to eventually capturing ๐—–๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐˜€, the multi-headed ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€, and in his many wanderings all the way from the Peloponnese, to the Black Sea and to Spain! Exploring at the same time how ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ โ€™ legendary exploits were narrated in the language of art!


Educational activities, such as games, quizzes, role-playing, and mini contests among student groups or classes, with little surprise prizes from us, will give children the opportunity for active participation and creative reflection on what they have seen and heard, completing this colorful, both literally and figuratively, experience!

How it Works

This tour is designed for a virtual presentation, hosting a group of up to 60 participants at a time. Once you book for this experience, we will send you a confirmation email with an exclusive link to join the tour. You can access the tour only through the link we provide. 

Your Instructor

Dr. Anthi Dipla

Dr. Anthi Dipla

Classical archaeologist/art historian who has graduated from Oxford University (MA, PhD). She has participated in excavations, scientific projects and conferences in Greece, Cyprus and abroad. Her research has been focused on Greek vase painting, iconography, and mythology, with further interests in women studies, social history, ancient Greek theatre, and cultural exchange in the ancient Mediterranean world.

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