Did Heracles (Hercules in Latin) ever exist?
Katrina, 11, Glencoe, Oklahoma
Dr. dig responds:
Legend tells us that Heracles was a Greek demi-god (half man, half god) and
strong man who completed a series of twelve difficult tasks including
slaying a lion, capturing a bull and destroying flesh-eating birds. He was
not a real person. But legends of heroes are often based on real people, so
it may be that long ago in Greek history there was a brave king or intrepid
hunter who inspired this tale.