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- The Final Days of Heracles
Theocritus' Idylls 13.36-67: Questions on Heracles and Hylas
It wasn't just when he was insane that Herakles actions were less than heroic.
Here's an example from Sir J. G. Frazer's notes on Apollodorus Library II.4:
On a visit to Delphi, king Aleus of Tegea was warned by the oracle that his daughter would
bear a son who would kill his maternal uncles, the sons of Aleus. To
guard against this catastrophe, Aleus hurried home and appointed his daughter priestess of Athena,
declaring that, should she prove unchaste, he would put her to
death. As chance would have it, Hercules arrived at Tegea on his way
to Elis, where he purposed to make war on Augeas. The king entertained
him hospitably in the sanctuary of Athena, and there the hero, flushed with wine, violated
the maiden priestess....Aleus sent for the experienced ferryman Nauplius...and entrusted his daughter to him to take and drown her.
Procris-Antileon & Hippeus
Eury ... -Teleutagoras
Deianira-Hyllus, Ctesippus, Glenus and Onites
Megara-Therimachus, Deicoon, and Creontiades
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