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Becoming Hercules by Greg R. Fishbone centers three lesser-known heroes of Greek mythology to restore diversity and inclusion to the ancient Theban Cycle.  

Main Characters

 
Pyrrha  
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Alkis  
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Iphicles  
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  Pyrrha is a child of prophecy who struggles with supernatural forces in a bid to control her own destiny.   Alkis is a daughter of wealth and privilege who must start over at the bottom after losing everything she’s ever had.   Iphicles, Son of Amphytrion, is an ambitious young soldier who seeks to revolutionize his father’s army.  

Supporting Cast

  Becoming Hercules is told as a series of episodic stories that advance a common plot.   Listed by story of introduction and order of appearance:  

“THE SEVENTH SEED”

Episodes 1-3
  • Lykomedes, Younger Brother to Pyrrha
  • Henioche, Younger Sister to Pyrrha
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    “NONCHALANT BLINKING”

    Episodes 4-5
  • Trade Minister Antipoine, First Mother to Alkis
  • Lady Sidonis, Second Mother to Alkis
  • Androkleia, Younger Sister to Alkis
  • Megareus, Grandfather to Pyrrha
  • Megara, Older Sister to Pyrrha
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    “REVIEWING THE TROOPS”

    Episodes 6-11
  • General Amphytrion, Father to Iphicles
  • Laonomus, Brother to Iphicles
  • Alcmene, Mother to Iphicles
  • First Minister Creon, Father to Pyrrha
  • Haimon, Brother to Pyrrha
  • Menoikeus, Brother to Pyrrha
  • Princess Antigone
  • Prince Eteocles
  • Prince Polynikes
  • Princess Ismene
  • Queen Iocaste
  • The Man in Gray
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    Animals with Personality

     
  • The Guardian, a Bull
  • Galanthis, a House-Weasel
  • Puss, a Cat
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    Epiphanies

     
  • Persephone, Goddess of Resurrection
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    Mentioned

  • The Minyan Ambassador
  • Tiresias, a Seer

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