These were the stables owned by King Augeias. He had ignored creature comforts for his huge herds for years. Through neglect, he had allowed his vast stables to become the biggest poop warehouses in the world, overflowing with filth, straw and manure. The smell was terrible and the neighbors were beginning to complain...
The Labors of Heracles
Episode 5: The Augean Stables
“Do you know King Augeias? His stables need a little spring-clean.”
Standing there with his mop 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 this was Community Service, and therefore a labor payment 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...
Augean Stables Facts and Figures
Name: Augean Stables
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Augian-Stables
Gender: Sorry, we don't know
Type: legendary place
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
Role: Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
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Article last revised on September 05, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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