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Hercules (/ˈhɜːrkjulz, -jə-/) is a Roman hero and god. He was the equivalent of the Greek divine hero Heracles, who was the son of Zeus (Roman equivalent Jupiter) and the mortal Alcmene. In classical mythology, Hercules is famous for his strength and for his numerous far-ranging adventures.

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Despite the Disney movie, Hercules did not live happily ever after with Megara. She was his first wife who he either left or killed. Disney's version of their first meeting is actually how he met his second wife Deianira when he saved her from a river god in the form of a centaur (not a satyr).

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Bronze statue of the Greek demigod at the Louvre.

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