• WordNet 3.6
    • n Hercules a large constellation in the northern hemisphere between Lyra and Corona Borealis
    • n Hercules (classical mythology) a hero noted for his strength; performed 12 immense labors to gain immortality
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Hercules Wrestling with Death Hercules Wrestling with Death
Hercules and the Waggoner Hercules and the Waggoner
Hercules and Draco Hercules and Draco
Hercules dredger Hercules dredger
Hercules fights the half-monster Cacus Hercules fights the half-monster Cacus

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Arnold Schwarzenegger began his transition from Austrian bodybuilder into an American film star when he made his screen debut in 1970 under the name "Arnold Strong" in "Hercules Goes Bananas."
    • Hercules (Astron) A constellation in the northern hemisphere, near Lyra.
    • Hercules (Gr. Myth) A hero, fabled to have been the son of Jupiter and Alcmena, and celebrated for great strength, esp. for the accomplishment of his twelve great tasks or “labors.”
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Arnold Schwarzenegger?s voice, in the movie 'Hercules', was dubbed.
    • n Hercules In Greek and Roman mythology, a mighty hero, originating in Greek legend, but adopted by the Romans, and worshiped as the god of physical strength, Courage, and related qualities. According to the mythical account, his father, Zeus (Jupiter), destined him to the sovereignty of Tiryns by right of his mother, Alcmene, granddaughter of Perseus, but was thwarted by Hera (Juno). After Hercules had performed wonderful deeds in behalf of Thebes, his birthplace, Hera consented to his being made immortal on condition of his accomplishing certain superhuman feats for his rival Eurystheus of Tiryns, in which he succeeded. These feats, called the twelve labors of Hercules, were as follows: the strangling of the Nemean lion; the killing of the Lernean hydra; the capture of the Ceryneian stag; the capture of the Erymanthian boar; the cleaning of the Augean stables; the slaughter of the Stymphalian birds; the capture of the Cretan bull; the capture of the man-eating mares of Diomedes; the securing of the girdle of Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons; (10) the fetching of the red oxen of Geryones; (11) the procuring of the golden apples of the Hesperides; (12) the bringing to the upper world of the dog Cerberus, guardian of Hades. The subject of this most famous of the Herculean legends (of comparatively late date) is distinguished as the Tirynthian Hercules from other personifications of Hercules worshiped in different places and countries (as the Cretan or the Egyptian Hercules, etc.), under the same or other names, the attributes of these various personifications being essentially the same, but their legendary history being different. Hercules is represented as brawny and muscular, with broad shoulders, generally naked, or draped merely in the skin of the Nemean lion, the head of the lion being often drawn over that of the hero as a helmet. He is usually armed with a club, sometimes with a bow and arrows.
    • n Hercules One of the ancient constellations, between Lyra and Corona Borealis, representing a man upon one knee, with his head toward the south, and with uplifted arms. The ancients did not identify the constellation with Hercules; the moderns place a club in one hand, and a branch of an apple-tree, with the three heads of Cerberus, in the other. The constellation contains one star of the second magnitude (β), nine of the third, and twelve of the fourth.
    • n Hercules A form of drop-hammer. See the extract.
    • n Hercules Same as Hercules-beetle.
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In literature:

Hercules, a Greek hero celebrated for his great strength, was pursued throughout his life by the hatred of Juno.
"Latin for Beginners" by Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge
The story of Cacus and the praises of Hercules are told and sung.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
What scene was exhibited from the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the temples of Hercules, and Theseus, and the Winds?
"Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Vol VIII" by Various
The histories of Hercules and Perseus are equally void of truth.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I." by Jacob Bryant
He had to make a drawing of Hercules.
"Stories of Great Inventors" by Hattie E. Macomber
Hercules' Rock was on fire with sunrise, and the Prince's palace looked in the magic flame like a strange Valhalla.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
From hence he was supposed to have been dragged to light by Hercules of Thebes.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)" by Jacob Bryant
Acheloues slipped in and out of Hercules' mighty grasp a dozen times, but at last Hercules' greater strength overpowered him.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Hercules was the god in whom the people placed most confidence.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
All he did was to curse his bad luck and call loudly on Hercules to come to his aid.
"The Æsop for Children" by Æsop
Hercules on the Isle of Papua, New Guinea, discovered by Capt.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
Hercules, Bacchus, and Perseus were gods born by mortal mothers.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
Some affirm that Hercules killed her himself; others, that Scylla committed this robbery, and was killed for it by Hercules.
"Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology" by Charles K. Dillaway
Hercules set out on his journey and came to Kleona, where a poor laborer, Molorchus, received him hospitably.
"Myths and Legends of All Nations" by Various
Ras Algethi, marking the head of Hercules, lies just west of Ras Alhague.
"A Field Book of the Stars" by William Tyler Olcott
Two are enough to encounter Hercules.
"Bussy D'Ambois and The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois" by George Chapman
Hercules ... See whether he will repeat his service now that you are to be bound anew.
"Brazilian Tales" by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
After a run of about half a mile Hercules began to gain rapidly upon the mustangs, whereas Doc was losing distance in an inverse ratio.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
Hercules, standing lower, gazes up at him, leaning on his club.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
He had been a young Hercules at play and he had enjoyed his grim jokes.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

Could the stoutest overcome
Death's assault, and baffle Doom,
Hercules had both withstood
Undiseas'd by Nessus' blood.
"On The Death Of The Vice-Chancellor, A Physician (Translated From Milton)" by William Cowper
But Hercule awakes me ere the sun
Has painted the eastern skies with gold.
Hercule! true knight of the rod and gun
As ever lived in the days of old.
"Autumn Days" by William Henry Drummond
Our history is a shining sea
Locked in by lofty land
And its great Pillars of Hercules,
Above the shining sand,
I here behold in majesty
Uprising on each hand.
"The Lee Memorial Ode" by James Barron Hope
So, warming with his given task, he flings
The quietness of never-failing strength
Around all forms, till, Hercules-like, he brings
The fire-eyed Truth at length:
"The Poet" by Alexander Anderson
And the words break from his lips:
"I am the builder of ships,
And my ships shall sail these seas
To the Pillars of Hercules!
I say it; the White Czar,
Batyushka! Gosudar!
"The White Czar. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Above its distant, glittering rim
Streams o'er the waves a flood of gold,
To gild the mountains, bare and grim,
Which guard this exit, as of old,--
The sombre sentries of two seas,
The Pillars reared by Hercules;--
"The Pillars Of Hercules" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

The family of a woman killed inside her Hercules home has announced funeral plans for her.
Hercules detectives await interview with 'persons of interest'.
3rd ID's Hercules Company to field new helicopters in Afghanistan.
Medical helicopter crashes near Rochelle, Ill. Nike Hercules missile.
Escapee caught in Hercules woman's car.
SAN FRANCISCO—The FBI has joined the investigation into the killing of a retired schoolteacher in her home in the usually tranquil city of Hercules over the weekend.
Police are asking for the public's help with any possible information after a woman was found dead in her home in the usually quiet Bay Area city of Hercules .
Bat for Lashes, 'All Your Gold' ( Hercules and Love Affair Remix) – Song Premiere.
Two-Ton Hercules Mosaic, Rock Steady in Newark.
Celebrity pets Hercules and Elwood to appear at animal shelter open house.
Hercules and Samson face off in " Hercules , Samson and Ulysses" (1963).
Ignatius of Loyola, Ace Frehley, and Hercules .
Hercules should be honored.
Monforts Introduces Hercules -V Tenter Chain.
Hercules Constellation muscles way into the summer night sky.

In science:

Strong AGN outbursts, e.g., Hercules A (Nulsen et al.
Could AGN Outbursts Transform Cool Core Clusters?
We are measuring the peculiar motions of galaxy clusters in the Hercules-Corona Borealis (HCB) and PerseusPisces-Cetus (PPC) regions at distances between 6000 and 15000 km s−1 using the global properties of elliptical galaxies.
The peculiar motions of early-type galaxies in two distant regions - II. The spectroscopic data
We do not see the old Hercules moving group, because the velocity distribution of the nearby stars is too sparsely populated in that part of velocity space in order to find statistically significant crowding.
The evolution of the Milky Way monitored in the solar neighbourhood
More galaxy systems were discovered in those years: Cancer, Hercules, Leo, and notably the “Centaurus cloud”, today’s Shapley concentration (see, e.g., Bardelli et al.52 ).
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
Hercules cluster was just an unbound collection of groups, but in fact it is not, it is only rich in substructures66. de Vaucouleurs130,131,132 suggested that groups might result from random encounters of unbound field galaxies.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
Deterministic chaos in accreting systems - Analysis of the X-ray variability of Hercules X-1.
Stochastic appearance in stars and high energy sources
We know, in any case, that supercluster scales must be achieved (Xu et al. 2006, a rotation measure detection toward the Hercules and Perseus-Pisces clusters).
Astrophysics in 2006
Hercules group): in such groups, we do not expect to see chemical homogeneity or age homogeneity (e.g.
Structure and Evolution of the Milky Way
At distances smaller than 120 h−1 Mpc the sample includes nearby exceptionally rich clusters which correspond to well-known Abell clusters (the Coma cluster, rich clusters in the Hercules supercluster and others, see T10 and Einasto et al. 2011b).
Multimodality in galaxy clusters from SDSS DR8: substructure and velocity distribution
Examples in the thin disk include the Hercules stream (Bensby et al. 2007) and the Hyades stream or supercluster (De Silva et al. 2011, Pomp´eia et al. 2011).
Chemical compositions of stars in two stellar streams from the Galactic thick disk
UFD are particularly interesting as they could be leftovers of the earliest galaxies, probably mini-halos; they are the best candidates to search for PopIII stars (some tantalizing indications in this sense have been presented based on the analysis of the Hercules UFD data).
First Stars IV: Summary Talk
We identified over a dozen new members of the AB Doradus, Ursa Majoris, Castor, Hercules-Lyra, and β Pic YMGs, plus an additional 27 young low-mass stars and 4 brown dwarfs with ages <150 Myr which are not associated with any known YMG (Fig. 1).
The kinematics of very low mass dwarfs: splinter session summary
Dalianis and Hovy, 1993] Hercules Dalianis and Eduard Hovy.
Automatic Generation of Technical Documentation
In addition, searches for muon excess correlated with the known binary periods of Cygnus X-3 and Hercules X-1, and searches for statistically significant bursting episodes from known gamma ray sources are also proved negative.
Search for cosmic ray sources using muons detected by the MACRO experiment
Leahy 2003. A multiband study of Hercules A - II.
Synchrotron Polarization at High Galactic Latitude