12 Labors Table of Contents contains a numbered list of Hercules' 12 labors with descriptions and pictures. Hercules had to perform them to make amends for murdering his family. The names of the 12 labors are: the Nemean Lion, Lernean Hydra, Cerynitian Hind, Erymanthian Boar, Stables of Augeas, Stymphalian Birds, Cretan Bulls, Mares of Diomedes, Belt of Hippolyte, Cattle of Geryon, Apples of Hesperides, and the Hound of Hades.
Background on Hercules' Labors
The earliest extant list of the canonical 12 comes from art.
Archaic Age Sources on Hercules
The great Greek epic poets were familiar with at least some of the 12 laborz.
Classical Age on Hercules
By the Classical Age there was a temple that showed the labors. A surviving written source for all 12 from the period is lacking.
- The Romans on Hercules