Our company name alpheios refers to the largest river of the Peloponnesus. The river features prominently in Greek mythology. To cleanse the Augean stables was one of the twelve labors of Hercules. We take inspiration from the way he managed his job.


The King Eurystheus became more and more angry because Hercules succeeded in one labor after the other and so his fame was increasingly spread among the people. He intended to humiliate the hero by his next task and he assigned him with cleansing the Augean stables. King Augeas owned such huge herds of cattle that he had never been able to clean their filth out of the stables. So he was pleased when Hercules offered his services. In disbelief that the hero could succeed in only one day – as he has been tasked by Eurystheus – Augeas offered Hercules a tenth of his herd in case he succeeded. Hercules approached the task with cleverness. He broke huge openings into the walls of the stables and diverted the neighbouring river Alpheios through them. The floods flushed the filth out of the stables so that Hercules was successful in this task as well.

Augeas had promised Hercules to pay him a tenth of his herd but later he reneged on his deal. Thereupon Hercules sent an army against Augeas killing him and his sons.


The end of the saga, as related here, does not seem entirely appropriate to modern consulting relationships. Nonetheless, our company alpheios has set for itself the goal of helping organisations to overcome "nasty accretions" through innovative and efficient consulting services.

The Labors of Hercules


The Hercules story above was adapted by us from here and here.












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