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Augeas

(ôjē`əs), in Greek mythology, son of Helios and king of Elis. He kept his huge herds of cattle in the Augean Stables. As his sixth labor, Hercules cleaned the stables in one day by diverting the course of a river (possibly the Alpheus) through them.
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Hercules had promised Augeas he would clean the stables in return for one-tenth of the king's cattle.
Augeas agreed and Hercules (ever on the lookout for an easy labour) rerouted two rivers to flow through the stables and do the dirty work for him.
Unimpressed, Augeas did not keep his end of the bargain, and so a miffed Hercules waged war on him, sacking the city of Elis and then instituting the Olympic games in honour of his father Zeus.
As William Seidman returns to his cattle ranch in New Mexico, he must feel joy knowing that cleaning up banking's version of the "stables of Augeas" is no longer among his chores.
Through her influence he is commanded to carry out twelve labors, in hopes that he will be killed in accomplishing one of them: (1) he must strangle the Nemean lion; (2) he must kill the nine-headed hydra; (3) he must capture the dread Erymanthian boar; (4) he must capture a stag with golden antlers and brazen feet; (5) he must get rid of the carnivorous Stymphalian birds; (6) he must cleanse the stables of Augeas; (7) he must capture the sacred bull of Minos; (8) he must drive away the carnivorous mares of Diomedes; (9) he must secure the girdle of Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons; (10) he must bring back the oxen belonging to the monster Geryoneus; (11) he must bring back the golden apples of the Hesperides; and (12) he must bring back Cerberus, the three-headed dog of the Underworld.
In the sixth labor, Augeas, king of Elis, had a herd of three thousand oxen whose stables had not been cleaned for thirty years.
These stables, belonging to King Augeas of Elis, had never been clean ed.
Not only was he good at whacking people with clubs, he also used his brains on occasions, like the cleansing of King Augeas' stables.
Capture an enormous boar in Arcadia Clean out the stables of King Augeas in a single day.