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Greek Myth XXXV: Pseudo-Apollodorus’s Bibliotheca Book II, Chapter VII – Heracleidae, or Heracles Seeks Revenge

Heracles kills some more people and finally gets his comeuppance. Sort of.

It’s long. It has nothing to do with Heracles. Or Greek Mythology. But it’s funny. And I did tell you that I’d share in case you didn’t get the reference.

Discussion Prompts

  1. Does everyone deserve what they get in this chapter?
  2. Retell this from the perspective of Deianira. Or Iole. Or any of the other women Heracles, shall we say, beds.
  3. What do you think is the meaning behind the trope of building your own funeral pyre?
  4. Does Heracles deserve a place on Olympus? Why or why not?
  5. If your region were to claim Heracles, what would his local story be?

Published by Triumvir Clio

I have a BA in History and Classical Civilization from Loyola University Chicago and an MPH from Western Michigan University. I've been a geometry teacher, a religion teacher, a writing tutor. I'm a writer, a knitter, a dancer, a singer, an actor. And, yes, for fun I like to reread everything that was assigned while getting my classics degree.

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