Before Heracles, There was Alcmene: The Woman Behind the Greatest Hero

Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby!

Before Heracles, there was Alcmene, and there’s so much more to her than just “mother of a hero”. Help keep LTAMB going by subscribing to Liv’s Patreon for bonus content!

CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it’s fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I’m not as deferential as I would be were I referencing the real thing.

Sources: entries on Hesiod’s Shield of Heracles; Pseudo-Apollodorus’ Library of Greek Mythology; Early Greek Myths by Timothy Gantz; The Oxford Handbook of Heracles, edited by Daniel Ogden, chapter by Corinne Pache.

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