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Heracles vs. Hercules

Heracles vs. Hercules: What’s the difference?

Heracles and Hercules are two different names for the same figure in Greek mythology known for his heroic feats of strength. Hercules, the more common form, is based on the Latin version of the original Greek name, rendered in English as Heracles.

[ her-uh-kleez ]
  1. Hercules (def. 1).
  2. a tragedy (420? b.c.) by Euripides.
[ hur-kyuh-leez ]
  1. a celebrated hero, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, possessing exceptional strength: among his many adventures were the twelve labors for his cousin Eurystheus, performed in order to gain immortality.
  2. a northern constellation, between Lyra and Corona Borealis.

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