The Eighth Labor of Hercules, the Mares of Diomedes
The mythical story of the Eighth Labor of Hercules, the Mares of Diomedes
by Gustav Schwab
The Myth of the Eighth Labor of Hercules, the Mares of Diomedes
The eighth labor of Hercules was to bring the mares of the Thracian Diomede to Mycene. Diomede was a son of Mars and ruler of the Bistonians, a very warlike people.
He had mares so wild and strong that they had to be fastened with iron chains. Their fodder was chiefly hay; but strangers who had the misfortune to come into the city were thrown before them, their flesh serving the animals as food.
When Hercules arrived the first thing he did was to seize the inhuman king himself and after he had overpowered the keepers, throw him before his own mares. With this food the animals were satisfied and Hercules was able to drive them to the sea.
But the Bistonians followed him with weapons, and Hercules was forced to turn and fight them. He gave the horses into the keeping of his beloved companion Abderus, the son of Mercury, and while Hercules was away the animals grew hungry again and devoured their keeper.
Hercules, returning, was greatly grieved over this loss, and later founded a city in honor of Abderus, naming it after his lost friend. For the present he was content to master the mares and drive them without further mishap to Eurystheus.
The latter consecrated the horses to Juno. Their descendants were very powerful, and the great king Alexander of Macedonia rode one of them.
The Legend of the Eighth Labor of Hercules, the Mares of Diomedes
Eighth Labor of Hercules, the Mares of Diomedes - The 12 Labors of Hercules
The twelve labors of Hercules, or Heracles, involved dangerous tasks relating to the Nemean lion, the Hydra, the Ceryneian Hind, the Erymanthian Boar, the Augean stables, the Stymphalian Birds, the Cretan Bull, the Mares of Diomedes, the Belt of Hippolyta, the Cattle of Geryon, the Apples of the Hesperides and Cerberus. The mythical story of each of the 12 Labors of Hercules can be discovered via the following articles:
The 12 Labors of Hercules
The First Labor of Hercules, the Nemean lion
The Second Labor of Hercules, the Hydra
|The Third Labor of Hercules, the Ceryneian Hind|
|The Fourth Labor of Hercules, the Erymanthian Boar|
|The Fifth Labor of Hercules, the Augean stables|
|The Sixth Labor of Hercules, the Stymphalian Birds|
|The Seventh Labor of Hercules, the Cretan Bull|
|The Eighth Labor of Hercules, the Mares of Diomedes|
|The Ninth Labor of Hercules, the Belt of Hippolyta |
|The Tenth Labor of Hercules, the Cattle of Geryon|
|The Eleventh Labor of Hercules, the Apples of the Hesperides |
|The Twelfth Labor of Hercules, Cerberus|
|The 12 Labors of Hercules|