His Eighth Labor

After Hercules returned from Crete, he was sent by Eurystheus to bring back the horses of Diomedes. These horses were not normal: they ate the flesh of men. Their keeper, Diomedes, was an extremely cruel man, as he fed wayward travelers to the horses. Hercules hurried to Thrace and demanded that Diomedes give him the horses. Diomedes said no, so Hercules killed him and threw his body to the horses. The people were so overjoyed that Hercules had killed their despotic ruler that they celebrated when he passed through and offered the kingship that Diomedes once held. Hercules refused, the ship was readied, the horses were loaded then Hercules departed.

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