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Twelve Labours of Heracles (9)

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Heracles and the Erymanthian Boar
Music: George Frideric Handel
Snaring a wild boar turns out to be much less dangerous than keeping centaurs away from their wine.

AFTER the fiasco of the Cerynaean Hind, Eurystheus abandoned subtlety and went back to basics with the rampaging wild boar of the snow-capped Erymanthus Mountains. Heracles was ordered to bring him back alive, ideally coming to grief in the attempt.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Draw. Sketch.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Cap. Deposit. Rock.

Use together in one sentence: Bouquet. Snow. Tusk.

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Heracles and the Girdle of Hippolyte
Music: George Frideric Handel
A princess covets the belt of a warrior-queen, so Heracles is despatched to get it for her.

ARES, the god of war, had a son named Diomedes, lord of the Bistones, a warrior-tribe that lived near Lake Vistonida in Thrace. Down by the sea Diomedes kept a string of savage mares, chained to bronze mangers in which he gave them man’s flesh to eat.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Shore. Sure.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Hand. Exchange. Express.

Use together in one sentence: Man. Day. Restore.

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Heracles and the Mares of Diomedes
Music: Gustav Holst
Eurystheus pits his cousin against a son of Ares and some man-eating horses.

ARES, the god of war, had a son named Diomedes, lord of the Bistones, a warrior-tribe that lived near Lake Vistonida in Thrace. Down by the sea Diomedes kept a string of savage mares, chained to bronze mangers in which he gave them man’s flesh to eat.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Ally. Friend. Confederate.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Use. Man. String.

Use together in one sentence: Fend off. Favourite. Barbarous.

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Heracles and the Cretan Bull
Music: Richard Jones
Heracles seems to be the only one who can keep Poseidon’s rampaging white bull under control.

WHEN King Minos of Crete promised to sacrifice to Poseidon whatever should next emerge from the sea, Poseidon kindly sent him a superb white bull. Minos, however, could not bring himself to destroy so magnificent a beast, so he kept it for himself and substituted another from his own herds.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Shall. Should.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Cause. Result. Release.

Use together in one sentence: Destroy. Again. Herd.

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Heracles and the Birds of Lake Stymphalia
Music: Franz Joseph Haydn
Our hero is sent to deal with some man-eating birds, but cannot reach their lakeside refuge.

A COLONY of birds had once sought refuge from wolves in marshy woods around Lake Stymphalia. Artemis took them for pets, and bred them to be ferocious, with bronze beaks and poisonous dung, and sharp quills they could shoot like darts. Now they ravaged crops, carried off beasts, and devoured townspeople.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Can. Could.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Return. Harm. Show.

Use together in one sentence: Now. Marshy. Colony.

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Heracles and the Augean Stables
Music: John Playford
Heracles shows his capacity for thinking outside the box, but spoils it by trying to be just a little bit too clever.

AUGEAS, King of Elis, had kept three thousand high-spirited cattle in an enclosure near his palace for thirty years without once mucking them out, even though they were of divine race and produced mountains of potent dung.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Though. Through.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Do. Well. Deal.

Use together in one sentence: Know. Slay. Flush.

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