20 The Oracle's Reply (primer)
Ubi Hercules fecit finem , Pythia primo tacebat;
When Hercules made a finish, Pythia at first was silent
tandem tamen iussit eum ire ad urbem Tiryntha,
Finally, however, she ordered him to go to the city Tiryns,
et facere omnia imperata regis Eurysthei.
and to do all the orders of king Eurystheus.
Hercules ubi audivit haec, contendit ad illam urbem ,
Hercules when he heard these things, hastened to that city,
et tradidit se regi Eurystheo in servitutem.
and handed over himself to king Eurystheus into servitude.
Duodecim annos erat servus crudelissimo Eurystheo ,
Twelve years he was servant to the very cruel Eurystheus,
et confecit duodecim labores, quos ille imperaverat ;
and he completed twelve labours, which that man had commanded.
enim hoc uno modo tantum scelus potuit expiari .
For by this one way so great a crime was able to be cleansed.
De his laboribus plurima scripta sunt a poetis .
About these labours very many things have been written by the poets.
multa tamen quae poetae narrant vix sunt credibilia.
Many things, however, which the poets tell scarcely are believable .