Stables-SFTLOH Travel Guide

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Spain Clean the Augean stables in a single dayERASMUS+ KA2 Searching for the Labours of Hercules2014-1-TR01-KA201-012990

The fifth Labor of Heracles was to clean the Augean stables. This task was intended to be both humiliating (rather than impressive, as had the previous labors) and impossible, since the livestock were divinely healthy (immortal) and therefore produced an enormous quantity of dung.

Augeas (or Augeias, Ancient Greek: ), whose name means bright, was king of Elis.His stables housed the single greatest number of cattle in the country and had never been cleaned.

Although this may seem a minor or less known work, the truth is that it has been represented in the most varied media, especially with a humorous or satirical purpose: magazines, illustrations, caricatures, coins and stamps

Detail of roman mosaic of Lliria, MAN, MadridAccording to Pindars Odes, Heracles then founded the Olympic Games (Olympiakoi Agones) in honor of his father,He taught men how to wrestle and measured out the stadium, or the length of the footrace.

At the first Games Hercules was the only contestant. This was possible for the running and throwing events but it was a problem for boxing or wrestling and Zeus finally entered the wrestling match against Hercules. They ended in a draw.

The Olympic stadium course length was over 192 meters (the distance he could run in one breath) or 600 foot lengths of Hercules.

Heracles had a brilliant idea and succeeded by rerouting the rivers Alpheus and Peneus to wash out the filth.

Augeas was irate because he had promised Heracles one tenth of his cattle if the job was finished in one day. He refused to fulfill the agreement, and Heracles killed him after completing the task and gave his kingdom to Augeas son Phyleus, who had been exiled for supporting Heracles against his father. Zeus.

Olympic stadium, Olympia

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