1-you might think you already know all about hercules (the greeks called him herakles) from watching the disney movie, but if you read this youll see that the greeks told this story very differently!According to the greeks, hercules was the son of a woman named alcmene and the god zeus. he was a great hero, and very strong. even when he was only a few days old, hercules was very strong. the goddess hera was angry, because zeus was her husband and she didnt want him to have children with other women. so she sent two huge snakes to strangle the little baby. but hercules just sat up and grabbed those snakes and strangled them!