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Scripts‘Ηρακλης Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.HE-RA-KLES Classical Greek
HER-ə-kleez English

Meaning & History

Means "glory of Hera" from the name of the goddess HERA combined with Greek κλεος (kleos) "glory". This was the name of a hero in Greek and Roman mythology, the son of Zeus and the mortal woman Alcmene. After being driven insane by Hera and killing his own children, Herakles completed twelve labours in order to atone for his crime and become immortal.
Other Languages & CulturesHeraclius, Herakleios Ancient Greek Hercule French Erekle, Irakli Georgian Iraklis Greek Ercole Italian Hercules Roman Mythology Irakliy Russian Heraclio Spanish Ercwlff Welsh


Statue depicting Heracles and the Lion of NemeaStatue depicting Heracles and the Lion of Nemea


children of Zeus, Greek mythology, heroes, mythology
Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute