Clytemnestra is the wife of King Agamemnon. This was a rather sad story... I would suggest if you do not know Agamemnon, you should look farther down the page for his story. Anyways... After Agamemnon sacrificed their daughter, Iphigenia, Clytemnestra was furious. What mother wouldn't be? After Agamemnon returned for the ten-year Trojan War, Clytemnestra greeted him with a royal welcome. A feast was laid out, and there were musicians, he was honored. After the celebration, Clytemnestra drew him a bath. He was unaware that he would get a huge surprise. She put candles around it, and made it comfortable. Then she wrapped him in a net shirt with no sleeves. Agamemnon was trapped. Clytemnestra's lover, Aegusthus stabbed him. In other stories Clytemnestra beheaded him right then and there. Later, Orestes, completed the violent family cycle by killing his mother.
Chiron is a Centaur. A Centaur is a half man half horse creature. He taught many heroes how to hunt, the art of medicine, and other useful skills. Jason, Achilles and Hercules were all students of Chiron. One day, Hercules, accidentally wounded Chiron. Chiron died, even though he is immortal. He sacrificed his immortality because of two reasons. One, he did not want to live forever in pain. Two, he did it for Prometheus's release.
Charon was a gloomy old boatman, who rowed the newly dead across the River Styx. Charon told them that they had to have been buried with coins on their eyes, or under their tongue. If they did not, their pale ghosts will wander the Shores of the River Styx.
Castor and Polydeuces
Castor and Polydeuces were brothers. Castor was mortal because his father was mortal. Polydeuces was immortal because his father was Zeus. Their mother is Leda. Castor was killed in a quarrel. So, Polydeuces did not want to outlive his brother. Zeus decided to let them stay together, one day in heaven, the next on Earth. Zeus also honored them by giving them two stars, the Gemnini (twins).
He was a noble prince. He had a uncommon horse with wings, called, "Pegasus". Bellerophon slayed the fantastic creature, Chimera. This creature had a head for a lion, a body of a goat, and the tail of a serpent. The Chimera can breathe fire. Bellerophon grew to ambitious and attempted to ride his steed up Mount Olympus to join the Gods. This angered Zeus. So Zeus sent a fly, yes of all creatures a fly. However this fly bit the Pegasus which made it buck and tumble down the mountain to the hero and the Pegasus's death.
This young weaver bragged a lot. However, bragging
brought the wrath of the Gods. Of course, Athena, challenged Arachne to a
contest. When Arachne crafted a beautiful tapestry, which angered Athena. It
showed the Gods their love affairs! Athena hit Arachne on the head with a
shuttle, and turned her into a spider
Antigone wandered the Earth with her blind, banished father Oedipus. When her father died she sadly returned to Thebes, only to find that the rest of her family was at war with each other. When she refused royal orders not to bury her dead brother, her own uncle had her buried alive.
He was a giant. Literally. He was as strong as any of the strangers. He challenged these poor people to a wrestling match. He never lost. After the match he added the skull to his temple. One day, he made a fatal mistake. He challenged Hercules. Hercules beat him by lifting him off the ground, sky-high.
She was a young girl, who was to be sacrificed because her mother had angered Poseidon with her boasting. She was chained to a rock, and was to be eaten by a Sea Serpent. Luckily, Perseus was flying by and slayed the serpent and married the maiden.
The mighty Greek Warrior battled in the Trojan War. He battled Hector for a day, but both withdrew in honor of each other. Later, when Ajax was not given Achilles armor, he went mad. He killed cows and sheep, which he thought was his fellow Greeks. When he realized what he had done, he killed himself out of shame.
Adonis was a beautiful baby. Once Aphrodite laid her eyes on the baby she fell in love with it. She gave the baby to Persephone for safe keeping. Persephone also fell under the spell and refused to give the baby back. Of course, Zeus, came to them and settled the debate. He told the young boy to split his time with the two goddesses. One day while Adonis was hunting, he was killed by a wild boar, which may have been a jealous Ares in disguise. Where his blood dripped, Anemone flowers grew.
Achilles: The Trojan War
Achilles was unstoppable. He struck down men left and right as if they were pesky flies. His worst enemy was fear its self. His friend, Patroclus, took Achilles place on the battlefield. Unfortunately, this was the last thing Petroclus did. A enemy killed him, thinking it was Achilles. Apollo let his killer kill him, for Achilles sake. Achilles said,"Despite my anguish, I will beat it down. The fury mounting inside me, down by force. But now i'll go and meet that murderer head-on, that Hector who destroyed the ddearest life i know. Achilles was a fearless warrior, but also moody. He fought bravely in the Trojan War but left because of Commander Agamemnon who insulted him. He returned soon after. Once he returned, he battled Hector, the Prince of Troy. Hector was killed by hand-to-hand combat. After Hector was killed, Achilles tied him to the back of his chariot and dragged him around the Walls of Troy three times. He soon was shot in the heel and died instantly. If you are wondering how that happened, prior to the battle he bathed in the River Styx which gives you immortality, but you must concentrate on a certain spot for it to work.
Odysseus: The Trojan War
Odysseus was a half-blood or demigod or half human, half god. His father was Laertes. His mother was Anticlea. This hero took part in the Trojan War. The Trojans took Helen the most beautiful women in the world. Now Helen wasn't really beautiful. She was under a spell. The castor was Aphrodite the Goddess of love and beauty. After the Trojan War Odysseus set sail for Ithaca. Along the way he landed on Poyphemus's island, home to the one eyed Cyclops. Polyphemus ate pairs of men until Odysseus had a cunning plan. When the Cyclops opened the boulder to eat men and then let his sacred sheep of Apollo outside Odysseus got an olive tree and made a spear out of it. When the One Eyed was asleep Odysseus poked him in the eye blinding him. They got away and stopped in Aeolia and got the Bag of Winds. They left and headed for home using the winds to get them home faster. Curios the crew opened the bag and blew them right back to Aeolia and she refused to give them help. Cursed by the gods Odysseus sailed home all over again. Next he landed on CircesIsland where his men were turned into sheep. Once back home he died as an old man. That was most of the story of Odysseus
Jason: The Golden Fleece
Jason is the father of two sons. Their names are unknown. While at a Greek play, Medea, Jason's wife and the mother of the two sons, kills both of them. The boys say before they die." O help us, in Gods name, for now we need your help. Now, now we are close to it. We are trapped by the sword." Medea fled to her house. Jason is furious at her for what she has done. Jason says to her," You hateful thing, you woman most utterly loathed. By the Gods and me and by all the race of mankind, you who have the had the heart to raise a sword against your children, you, their mother, and left me childless-you have done this, and do you still look at the sun and at the earth after these most fearful doings?" Medea will be punished and this is how she will be punished, Jason says," For she will have to hide herself beneath the earth, or raise herself on wings into the height of air, if she wishes to escape the royal vengeance." Jason issues orders to the people around him," Quick as you can unlock the doors, men, and undo the fastenings and let me see this double evil, My children dead and her-Oh her i will repay." Jason returns to his home, where Medea is on the roof carrying the limp bodies. She mocks Jason," You will never touch me with your hand." She has a chariot pulled by dragons. She tells Jason she is going to Athens. Jason was also a half-blood. He was the famous leader of the Argonauts. (Named after his ship the Argo). He was also the leader of a very dangerous quest. He was to retrieve the Golden Fleece. On the way the Argo stopped at Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). The women did not worship Aphrodite so as a punishment she made them smell so bad that even their husbands couldn't stand being near them. While the men slept the women killed each one. And they lived for a long time alone. Their ruler was the queen. Then when Jason came along the women flirted with them. Soon Jason fathered twins. Most of the crew fathered children, except for Hercules. He pressured them to leave because he was disgusted by the women. Next the Argo landed on the land ruled by Kyzicos. The King greeted them with respect. He fed them a great feast. When it was time to leave they lost there bearings and landed back on the island. Unaware that the Argo the King sends out his troops to kill the intruders. After the battle the Argonauts realized their mistake. The King was also sorry for the misinterpretation. Now they left for good. Next they landed on Mysia. He sent some men on land to find food and water. Among these men was Hercules servant. He got pulled into the water by nymphs. He was never seen again. After the little accident they landed in the courts of Phineas. Phineas was given a choice by Apollo, live a long life while being blind or a short life with sight. He chose a long life. Apollo was instantly very mad at his choice. The Argo left the courts. But in order to get to where he was traveling to they had to pass the Clashing Rocks. The Clashing Rocks were these huge cliffs that crush any thing that came through. Phineas told Jason to release a dove in between the cliffs. If the dove made it through they would have to row with all their might. If the bird did not make it through then they were doomed to fail. The dove did make it through so they got through with a little damage in the front of the ship. Now the cliffs will be safe for travelers. Now they finally arrived in Colchis. Jason now will get the Fleece. But the King of Colchis will not just give it to him. He must complete 3 tasks of high difficulty. Aphrodite helped Jason by making the Kings Daughter fall in love with him to help him accomplish the tasks. He eventually accomplished the tasks. He got the Fleece. He finally got the Fleece home. The quest was completed successfully. That's the story of Jason.
Theseus. The slaying of the Minotaur.
In 490 BCE, on a hill above the village, Marathon. The Athenian Army was getting ready for battle. They followed General Miltiades. They are battling the Persian Army. The Persian Army dominated the surrounding regions. When they ad advanced on the city of Athens, the Athenians got ready to battle. They sent a courier to Sparta for military help, but they did not get the answer fast enough. The General made a very dangerous decision. They were going to do a Wing Formation. The Wing Formation is where there is only a few men. A thin line of men in the middle and the ends are many men. The General described as this: "When I give the signal, run for the enemy. Do not slow down for you will be killed. When you get within 200 yards run full speed for the enemy. This way you will evade the arrows raining down." Miltiades gave the signal to advance. They ran and then Thesus's ghost, the legendary king of Athens, lead them on. According to Herodotus: "The Persians, seeing them coming at a run, made ready to receive them; but they believed that the Athenians were possessed by some very desperate madness, seeing their small numbers and their running to meet their enemies without support of calvary or archers. . . . They were the first Greeks we know of to charge their enemy at a run and the first to face the sight of the Median dress and the men who wore it. For till then the Greeks were terrified even to hear the names of the Medes." The Persians were trapped in a ring of men, for no escape. Some escaped and started to retreat to their ships. Herodotus described the Greek pursuit: "As the Persians fled, the Greeks followed them, hacking at them, until they came to the sea. Then the Greeks called for fire and laid hold of the ships. . . . In this fashion the Atheninans captured seven of their ships." 6,000 Persians died that day, and only 192 Atheninans lost their lives.That was the Battle Of Marathon.Theseus was the one who killed the Minotaur. This has only been accomplished once. The Minotaur was trapped in a maze on the island of Crete. Every nine years seven boys and seven girls went into the maze as a sacrifice. They were not allowed to bring any weapons or any other type of protection. No one knew what happened to them. Most just assumed that the Minotaur ate them. Theseus volunteered to go to the island to kill the Minotaur, to prevent more deaths. Upon his arrival the daughter of the king Ariadne fell in love with Theseus, probably because she wanted a man brave enough to kill the Minotaur. Ariadne wanted to help him so she gave him a bronze sword to kill the Minotaur. Next she gave him a ball of blue yarn. She gave him the yarn to help him get back. The maze will change so that the people inside never ever get out. Theseus tied the string to a pillar and ventured inside. He looked for the beast but he could not find him. Eventually he found the monster sleeping. Theseus crept closer until he could slice off the Minotaurís head. The beast woke up by Theseus smell and before the monster could attack Theseus killed the beast. Following the string back to the surface, alive, he saw Ariadne. The two and the men and women who would have been killed if not for Theseus bravery left the island.
Prometheus. The creating of human life.
Prometheus was a Cyclops who was very smart. Zeus admired his wisdom and allowed Prometheus and his brother Epimetheus to create humans and animals. Epimetheus was not as smart as his brother so all he had to give was protection for animals like, fur, wings, and shells. Later there was not anything left to give to humans for protection. So when Prometheus created humans out of dirt and water they had no protection. Prometheus wanted to give the gift of fire to humans but Zeus did not agree. He told him that fire was way too advanced and that he did not think humans were worth that much. Prometheus was very angry so he stole some fire from the sun. ( I dont see how that's possible but ok ). He taught humans how to cook and use fire to stay warm. When Zeus found out about this he was very angry that Prometheus disobeyed him. Zeus ordered Hephaestus to chain Prometheus to a rock high in the mountains. Everyday an eagle would swoop down and pick at Prometheus's liver. Being immortal everyday he healed. Then the next day it happened again. This went on for thousands of years until Hercules killed the eagle setting Prometheus free.
Pandora. Pandora's Box.
The Pandora's Box was never a box. Human's just put it out as a box to make it easier to understand. Pandora's Box was actually a pithos. A Pithos was a jar with drawings on it. Inside held disease, hope, destruction, and the list goes on. Pandora's curiosity got the better of her and she opened it under certain instructions not to. Well the Gods knew that she would open it anyways. Because of Pandora, hate, destruction and so on was brought into the world. Now there was only one thing left inside ... hope. (Go Figure). Pandora was afraid to open it again so even now there is no hope. Here is how it all happened. The World (Gaia) was occupied by men and animals. There were no women. How reproduction happened I’m not totally sure but legend has it that more men just appeared in different parts of the world. Then Prometheus created Pandora. Every God trained her to do certain things. Athena taught Pandora how to weave. Apollo taught her music and medicine. Artemis taught her how to deliver a baby. Ares taught her how to fight. Dionysus taught her how to make wine and how to have affairs with the men. Poseidon taught her how to fish. Aphrodite taught her how to seduce men. Also as a gift Aphrodite gave she was a girdle. To make her even more irresistible. When she was released onto earth it was said that she walked down on a rainbow. She arrived on earth awed by the beauty of earth. No one knows where she landed, but where ever it was she found it amazing. Pandora traveled across the land, and one night she came across a cave. She ventured inside and made a fire. Prometheus created the fire for her. Pandora sat by the fire and cooked her next meal. She scraped a little bit of her food into the fire and whispered, “To the Gods." Later a man stumbled into her cave. Frightened she stood up with her spear at the ready. The man cowered in fear and managed to whisper. “Friend." She lowered her spear. “Who are you?" She asked. “Friend." The man answered. Pandora took a liking in the man and she cared for him. Later the man noticed the pithos and asked about it. Pandora told him what she knew about the mysterious pithos. A few years later the curiosity got the better of Pandora. She opened the jar and a whooshing sound erupted from it. She immediately closed it but it was too late. All that was left was hope. The pithos was soon named Pandora's Box. That was the story of Pandora.
Perseus was a very fearless and strong but gentle man. Here's his story. A king had a daughter who he loved very much. His daughter promised that she would marry and the King started to worry. What if she had a son? A son who was very powerful and more intelligent than he was? What if that son took his throne? He would not allow that. He went and spoke with the Oracle of Delphi and got advice which wasn’t what he expected. The Oracle told him that his daughter would bear a son who will be strong and overthrow the King. The King would not allow that. So he thought of a plan. He trapped his daughter inside a tower, with no windows, or doors. He built a huge wall with spikes on top and posted guards around the tower, not allowing anyone in or out. The daughter was fed bread crusts and bowls of murky water. He was hoping she would get sick and die but she never did. She just got more beautiful everyday. Disappointed the King watched the tower out of his bedroom window. One night he heard crying inside, like a baby’s wail. He ordered the guards to break into the tower. Meanwhile inside the tower a shower of sparks flew through the slit in the wall. The shower was certainly a god. (Some say it was Zeus). The daughter bared a son just as the Oracle said. The wall broke down and there sitting in the middle of the floor was the daughter and her son. The King was confused. How did she get the son? No one ever got in! He did the only thing he could do, get rid of her. He ordered his guards to take them out and take them to the beach. The King found an unused coffin and put the baby and Danae inside. It was a stormy night so he put them out to sea, with no food or water. The Gods took pity on Danae and cared for her and the baby. Poseidon gave her fish to eat, Zeus made a rainstorm hover over the coffin giving her water to drink, and finally Hermes made sure she got to shore safely. One day they arrived at a dock where a fishing fleet were about to leave. One of the fishermen saw the coffin and retrieved it. Once opened they found the baby and Danae in it. One of the fishermen offered to care for them. One day when they were in the market, the King of the island saw Danae and a small child holding her hand. The King took interest in Danae and he asked her to marry him. She said “Sorry, all my love, time, and energy are taken up by my beautiful son, Perseus." The King knew he had to get rid of Perseus. At a festival the King insisted on getting presents from all the people. Everyone got him a present except Perseus. The King was very disappointed. Perseus promised the King a present. Perseus went on his journey across the land. Along the way, some of the Gods sent him gifts. Ares gave him a shiny shield that would make reflections. He also gave him a celestial bronze sword. Then Hermes showed and promised him safe passage to the cave, and directions. Then Athena told Perseus how to kill it. Zeus showed up and offered to kill the Medusa with a lightning bolt. Perseus refused. Lastly Hephaestus came and gave him winged shoes, like Hermes. The God told him that these shoes will get him there very fast. He continued on his journey and finally arrived there. He ventured inside only to find ... the Medusa. He crept up on the Medusa, but then the beast noticed him. The Medusa swirled around to face him. Perseus looked at her front instead of her eyes, which would turn him into stone. He watched her through the shield. He slashed, she side stepped. He thrust his sword at her feet, and then the Medusa jumped up. Big mistake. Perseus swung up making an arc and sliced her, right up the middle. She screamed in agony and disappeared. Sweating Perseus started home. Along the way he returned all the gifts. He unwillingly gave up the shoes and walked home. Upon his arrival he went straight to the King, who was quite surprised to see him alive. Perseus gave him his gift and the King was so happy that he promised not to try to get Danae to marry him. Danae and Perseus lived happily ever after. This does not happen often. Most heroes don’t live happily ever after.
Hercules: The Strongest man on Earth.
Hercules was born in Thebes. His father was thought to be a great general named, Amphitryon, and Hercules mother, Alcmena. However Amphitryon was not his father. Zeus was. Surprised? Don't be, Zeus has many children, although this one child was way powerful and sought to be a great Hero. There are a few examples I will tell you about Hercules and how awesome strength comes with great control. Here is one example. The poor lad was way stronger and braver than his half brother, Iphicles, was weak and cowardly. As if to prove Hercules strength was magnificent Hera found out that the boy was a child of Zeus. As always Hera was greatly jealous and would as usual kill the defenseless boy. That night as Alcmena put the boys to bed Hera sent two of her fiercest snakes into their room. The snakes slithered across the cold marble floor and raised their heads above the bed. They hissed. Hercules awoke at the sound and looked straight at the two snakes. They hissed again. This time Iphicles woke. While Iphicles started screaming and screaming, Hercules grabbed the two snakes, one in each hand and squeezed. His strength strangled the snake’s dead. Alcmena ran into the room, flanked by two Royal Guards, just to see Iphicles cowering in the corner and Hercules standing holding two limp snake bodies. Now here's a second, this one takes place when Hercules was probably eight years old. Hercules was very good at gym and physical education. He beat many of the best teachers in Thebes. Although he wasn't fond of academics, like math and science and so on. He especially hated music, a talent that was thought to be a talent everyone must know. Hercules was very short tempered and one day he hit his music teacher in the head with a lyre. (The Lyre was created by Athena). He killed the poor man but he did not mean to. He felt terrible about what he did. Another example is when Hercules was eighteen. This one is short. Hercules wanted to prove his strength was useful so he set out to kill the Thespian Lion which roamed the island and attacked villages and cattle and even children. Hercules killed the lion with no weapons. I guess that he just strangled it to death. A few years later, when I believe he was twenty one, he was full grown. His muscles bulged and he was somewhat six feet tall. He decided to destroy the tribe called, Minyans. He killed the whole tribe apparently all by himself. There wasn't any army mentioned or drawn on vases so we just assume he did it. As a reward for his bravery, he was given the most beautiful wife, Princess Megara. She bore three children and Hercules actually stayed at home with his wife and children. Hera couldn't believe how happy he was. She had to destroy it. So she disguised herself as a sorcerer and gave a potion to Hercules. He drank it and went insane. He killed his children and then his wife. After the potion wore out he looked around to see dead bodies and blood everywhere. He had no idea that he had done it so he asked his servants. His servants were too frightened to answer. Hercules friend, Theseus, told Hercules that he had done it. In despair he ran and said that he would kill himself. Theseus persuaded him not to by telling him," If you kill yourself that would be a coward’s way out of sorrow." Theseus suggested that Hercules should come with him to Athens to help him through this tragedy. Hercules felt that he had to pay for his bad deed and so he went to the Oracle of Delphi. The Oracle told him that he should have to pay a great penance. The Oracle demanded that Hercules should go to his cousin, Eurystheus, the King of Mycenae. Eurystheus gave Hercules twelve tasks, each considered impossible. With Hercules strength he thought he could do it. These tasks are known as the "Labors of Hercules." The first task was to kill the lion of Nemea. No one could kill it because of the lion’s hard fur. It was as if the lion was wearing full Greek Armor. Of course Hercules killed it by simply strangling it. With the lion dead he heaved the heavy limp body and carried it back to his cousin. Of course the King did not want Hercules to be inside the city, because of his massive strength. He slept outside the walls in a tent. The second task was to go to Lerna. There a beast with nine heads called the Hydra. (See Greek Creatures). The Hydra was a very fierce beast and every time you sliced off a head, two more grew in its place. So in order to kill it he brought his nephew, Iolaus. He asked Iolaus to hand him a burning torch every time he lopped off a head. He used the torch to sear the neck so that the new heads could not sprout. Every time he removed a head he put it under a heavy rock so that it could not harm anyone. He killed the beast. The third task was to bring back an alive hind, with golden horns like a stag. Hercules chased the stag for a year, finally capturing it by either shooting a well aimed arrow at its front legs pinning them together. Or he caught it in a net. Either way he caught the stag but brought a terrible curse upon him from the Hunting Goddess, Artemis. Artemis was not happy with him. Although Hercules explained why he had done it and Artemis forgave him. His fourth task was to capture a wild boar. This task would be very difficult, even for Hercules. All he had to do was chase it. He chased it into the deep snow which slowed it down tremendously. He captured it and took it back to be caged forever. His fifth task was to clean the filthiest place on EARTH! The Augean stables. The stables were owned by a powerful warlord who I guess did not mind the smell that the cattle created. Hercules agreed to clean the stables in one day, without any help. He diverted two rivers that flowed through the stables. The filth was washed away in minutes. His sixth task was to drive away a flock of birds. This may seem easy but these weren't any ordinary birds. They were very strong. They could kill cattle, carry children away, and cause destruction. The birds made a nest in the marsh where villagers lived. The birds made the land unbearable to live on, so the villagers fled their homes. The marsh was deep so Hercules could not swim in it, for he would drown. He couldn’t sail across because the bottom of the boat would be ripped off. So Athena decided to help him and gave him a rattle which he could shake and it would make this loud noise which would scare away the birds. He shook the rattle and the birds fled. He took out his bow and arrow and shot hundreds of birds. Now that the marsh was clear of the birds the villagers could return to their homes. The seventh task was to go to Crete and get the Savage Bull, which was given to the king, Minos by Poseidon, alive so not to anger Poseidon. He wrestles the beast to the ground and hog tied him, put him on a boat and brought him back. The eighth task was to get the man eating mares. The one who owned the man eating mares was a king named, Diomededes. Hercules killed Diomededs and apparently scared the man eating mares so bad that they would no longer eat humans. Hercules gave them to Hera, but she did not want them so she set the mares loose on MountOlympus. The mares started eating hay and grass, which are the ancestors of the horses we have today. The ninth task was to bring back the girdle of Hippolyta, the queen of the Amazons. The Amazons were a tribe of women; they fought bravely even though they were women. Hera was at the scene to cause trouble once again. She disguised herself as one of the Amazons and told the army that Hercules had come to kidnap their queen. Hercules immediately thought that Hippolyta called the attack. Hercules killed her and departed with the girdle. The tenth task was to bring back the cattle that belonged to Geryon, the owner. Geryon was very strong and had three heads, six hands, and three bodies all joined at the waist. When he arrived he set up two giant rocks that he called The Pillars of Hercules. They are now called Gibraltar and Ceuta. He killed the king and drove the cattle back to Mycenae. The eleventh task was to bring back the Golden Apples of Hesperides. The apples belonged to Hera and guarded by her three daughters. Atlas was there also but he was busy holding the weight of the Heavens on his shoulders as a punishment for fighting for Cronus. Hercules tricked Atlas into getting the apples for him. The twelfth task and last task was to bring back Cerebus, the giant three headed dog that guarded the doors to Hades realm. Hercules kidnapped the dog and brought it back. The dog couldn't stay for the Underworld God would not be happy so they shipped the dog back to Hades. When Hercules was capturing the city of King Eurytus, he captured his daughter, Iole. He fell in love with her and married her. When they were on a picnic in the forest, they met a Centaur, who carried the bride to a river and tried to rape her. Hercules shot an arrow at the Centaur and let it bleed to death. Iole was given a love potion by the centaur that was shot by Hercules. Iole made it into a robe and sent it to Hercules. He put it on and was being killed by the robe because it wasn't a love potion. It was a death potion. Hercules was killed and his wife killed herself in despair. Once again a lovely ending.