The choice of Hercules is a pretty fable; but Prodicus makes it easy work for the hero, as if the first resolves were enough.
"I will tell you what, Mistress Mary—it will be rather harder work to learn surveying and drawing plans than it would have been to write sermons," he had said, wishing her to appreciate what he went through for her sake; "and as to Hercules and Theseus, they were nothing to me.
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Heracles is the Greek mythological equivalent of the Roman Hercules.