I would like to read more about Herakles twelve labors.

I would like to know if there are any remaining work about it ?
I am looking for work dating from the Greek or Roman era.

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    Removed the meta-commentary. I don't think this is too broad or primarily opinion based. The question explicitly asks for ancient sources, and there's simply not that many for this to turn into a crapfest where everyone posts their favourite (which is what the close reasons are meant to protect as from). Everyone is - of course - free to vote to close this if they feel differently, but I think it's a good question for the site.
    – yannis
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 9:29

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If you're looking for a summary of what the ancient poets wrote about, your best bet would be to look at Pseudo-Apollodorus' Bibliotecha. The Bibliotecha is a work that collates nearly all of Greek mythology into a single, coherent narrative, including the Labors of Heracles.

If you want an even quicker summary, there's also Hyginus' Fabulae, but you'll notice a major difference in length!

If you're looking for something comparable to the Iliad or Odyssey, I'm afraid you'll be at a lost, as none of the epics about Heracles' labors survived. That said, if you check out the Theoi page on Heracles' labors, you'll find a hefty collection of allusions and references about them scattered throughout extant Greek and Roman works.

  • Great point about lost Herculean epics.
    – DukeZhou
    Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 20:33

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