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Monday, February 28, 2011

The Wives of Hercules

Through my research, I have found that Hercules had 3 wives. What a pimp! I thought he only had two, Megara and Deianira. However, apparently the third wife's name was Hebe, the daughter of Zeus and Hera.


I was so excited when this came up after typing in Megara into Google Images. I hadn't made the connection that "Meg" from the Disney movie was Megara. Now, I was a little bit upset too because I am aware after being in Mythologies class that Hercules killed Meg and their 3 children in a fit of madness, even though it was Hera that basically made him go crazy. After he had realized what he had done, he wanted to commit suicide, but was stopped by his friend Theseus. Hercules then went on to perform his 12 labors that he is most known for to gain immortality.


The photo above shows the scene that we read about in class. That is Hercules on the right, shooting at the Centaur that has Deianira. Hercules won Deianira's hand in marriage by fighting the river-god. When the centaur bled all over the cloth, he told her that it contained a powerful love potion that would renew Hercules' love for her. One night she presented it to him, but of course it was not a love potion but a deadly poison that would ultimately lead to the death of Hercules.


Hebe is the youngest daughter of Zeus and Hera, Hercules' mysterious third wife. She is the goddess of youth and was married to Hercules upon his ascension into Mt. Olympus and godhood. She was also the cupbearer of the gods and was possibly an attendant for Aphrodite. Hercules was not a very good husband to her though because he left her on Mt. Olympus while he went to have fun adventures on earth.


  1. are you sure cuz i dont know bout a third wife, never heard of her

  2. He actually does only have the 2 the myth states the Hercules dies when he was still with deianira (The blood from the centaur she put in his cloak) How could he have had another wife if he was dead?

    1. Zeus saved Hercules from the underworld and made him the god of strength, heroes, sports, athletes, health, agriculture, fertility, trade, oracles and divine protector of mankind which is where he met Hebe in Mount. Olympus