Glory, The Bastard Son
A little trivia for you, did you know that Heracles (Hercules) had his name changed as a child? The name he was given at birth was Alcides.
Hercules was born a twin, his mothering being tricked into bed by Zeus and then going to bed with her husband the day after resulting in her carrying Heracles and his brother, one a product of an immortal and the other a man.
Hera, hating this bastard son of Zeus, sent two snakes to attack the babies as they slept in their bed, but this didn't
go to plan. Heracles strangled these snakes to death. Bad ass baby!
Needless to say Heracles's
parents became worried and sought out the advice of the blind prophet Tiresias.
Tiresias told them that the snakes were the work of Hera and that Alcides's
name should be changed to Heracles (Hera - cles), cles meaning pride or glory so the name translates to Hera's
Glory. This was a desperate attempt to gain favour with Hera. They were told by Tiresias that Heracles would go on to do great things and they'd
hoped that if he did it in Hera's
name she would leave him alone. Oh how wrong they were...
TRIVIA :- Athena & Hermes brought Heracles to suckle from Hera while she slept, Heracles suckled so vigorously she awoke in pain and pushed the baby from her. Milk shot out from her breast and spread across the sky imprinting it with stars, this would later be known as the milky way.
The milky way is a galaxy & the word galaxy is derived from a Greek word gala, meaning milk.
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