As Hercules grew day by day
he became stronger and stronger. As a child he never cried, in fact when
two snakes had been sent to strangle him by Hera, he did not cry rather his brother cried in
fear as Hercules grabbed the snakes and strangled them, see Hercules
and the Serpents.
When Hercules was six years old his education
began. The education Hercules received consisted of many things and
differed somewhat to modern education. His education included the respecting of adults, the defending of the weak, the
love of ones nation, the love of one's gods, and the respecting of all
life. He also learned Arithmetic, Spelling, Reading and other formal
education which forms the main stream of education systems throughout the world
today. However, foremost that he learned were values which consisted of respecting others in the same manner that
you wish to be respected.
The older children carried out their schooling in
natural surroundings. Their the children learned how to take care of
wounds with different herbs, to ride horseback, to ride a chariot, to shoot
arrows, to fight with a sword and shield, and to hunt. In such, they
learned how to fend for themselves in the world of ancient Greece.
In such a school, Hercules later attended and he
was an excellent student. It is said that though he excelled in all his
studies, there was one study which he did not do as well on which was
music. His teacher Lino wished for Hercules to learn the Lyre, however
Hercules was deeply upset as his abilities in the physical arts were far greater
than his musical ability.
One day when Hercules was only 18 years old he traveled
up a mountain to try out his art of hunting. On this mountain his father
had his herd of sheep, as did many Sheppards. As Hercules went up the
mountain he saw many Sheppards tending their sheep.