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Detail of the Hellenistic sculpture known as the Farnese Hercules. Naples, National Museum. Photo: Scala/Art Resource, N.Y.

Iphicles (IF-i-kleez). Brother of Heracles. Although they were twins, only Heracles was an immortal hero. It was understood that Iphicles was the son of Alcmene and her mortal husband, while Heracles was the son of Alcmene and Zeus. Iphicles was the father of Heracles' charioteer, Iolaus, who helped him slay the Hydra.