Thrill to the exploits of Hercules, one of the greatest heroes of Greek mythology, in these three History Channel programs. In the "Biography" episode "Hercules: Power of the Gods" (1995), viewers learn not only his full story but also the meanings associated with his famous 12 labors; the muscular hero's legend is explored "In Search of History: The Greek Gods" (2005), which also contains other Mount Olympus legends from Aphrodite to Zeus; and "Clash of the Gods: Hercules" (2009) entertains the possibility that the demigod's saga was inspired by a real person. 135 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH).
This classic collection from History explores Greek myth's most popular hero, the Superman of the ancient world: HERCULES. Journey with Hercules as he embarks on his celebrated 12 labors to atone for committing a heinous crime. Follow his quest for redemption as he battles injustice, slays fearsome creatures, commits thefts and murders - and even defies the gods themselves. Ultimately triumphant, Hercules earns a place among the immortals atop Mount Olympus - and in history. But could a real person have inspired his story? What was it that the dazzling yet dysfunctional pantheon of gods represented to the people of classical Greece? Was their power political or divine? Find out, as History examines archaeological evidence from Eleusis to Athens.