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Also known as AUGIAN-STABLES

Extremely nasty and smelly warehouses of filth, straw and manure.

The Labors of Heracles
Episode 5: The Augean Stables

After his scare with the ERYMANTHIAN-BOAR, King EURYSTHEUS sprang a real nasty. The stables owned by King Augeias had, through neglect, become the biggest shit houses in the world. He had ignored creature comforts for his huge herds for many years, the smell was terrible and the neighbors were beginning to complain.

Standing there with his broom and bucket, HERACLES calmly chose to strike a bargain. "One tenth of the value of your herds if I clean this lot up in a day," he said, trying not to breathe in. King Augeias laughingly agreed.

But HERACLES had already prepared his plan of action. Biff a wall down here, smash a wall down there, divert the rivers Alpheus and Peneius and Whooooosh! A washday washaway miracle. The stables were cleaned practically to destruction.

Augeias was furious and refused to pay up. He claimed he had not been told this was Community Service, and therefore a Jobseekers Allowance was invalid. HERACLES did not take kindly to this as Augeias had sworn an oath. Later someone was going to get it in the neck...

Next Episode: The STYMPHALIAN-BIRDS...

Article last updated on 21 February 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Sorry, we don't know
Type : Legendary Place
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : AUGIAN-STABLES
Popularity index : 499

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