Hercules' father was Zeus and his mother was Alcmene. Sadly, Hercules' father was married to a different woman named Hera, who always got jealous when Zeus had affairs with other women. In a state of teasing, Alcmene named her child Heracles (Hercules-Hera's glory), which made Hera very angry. Hera, knowing that she couldn't hurt Zeus, thought she could get payback by ruining Hercules' life instead. When Hercules was a wee baby, sitting in his cradle, Hera sent two snakes with poisonous venom into his room. In defense, Hercules grabbed the snakes and strangled them. When Alcmene realized what was happening, she ran to the room and she found Hercules holding two limp snakes in his cradle. When Hercules got older, he married Magera and had two children. Hercules loved his wife and his children but his family's fate did not turn out as planned. Hera put Hercules into a mad fit causing him to kill his wife and children uncontrollably. When he realized what he had done he went straight to the temple at Delphi to see how he could repay his terrible actions. Apollo told him that he would go to Tiryns. Apollo told Hercules to ask Eurystheus (the king of Tiryns) for 10 labors. When Hercules asked for the ten labors Hera helped Eurystheus think of them. Hercules did not know what lay ahead of him but as long as he used his fathers willpower he would survive.