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Posted on January 15, 2004. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Economist.com | Paraguay’s new president: “Cleaning up the police will be an Augean task.”

Augean Stables, in Greek mythology, the stables owned by Augeas, who in some versions of the myth is a son of the god Helios and king of Elis in northwest Pelop�nnisos (Peloponnesus). Augeas possessed an immense herd of cattle, including 12 white bulls sacred to Helios, kept in stalls that had not been cleaned for years. One of the 12 labors imposed on the Greek hero Hercules was cleaning the stables, unaided, in a single day. He did this by diverting the rivers Alpheus and Peneus to run through them. Augeas had promised Hercules a tenth of his herd as payment but did not keep his word. Hercules then sent an army against him, slaying Augeas and his sons.

– Encarta

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