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Re: Nemean Lion

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  • msbhavens1
    thank you Diana. MissB ... is from ... Heracles ... first labour ... against iron, ... Typhon. When ... neighborhood, ... blood from ... merely ... toy; ...
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 11, 2006
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      thank you Diana. MissB

      --- In thefixedstars@yahoogroups.com, "Diana K Rosenberg"
      <fixed.stars@...> wrote:
      >
      > MissB wrote:
      >
      > 2) And where can I find more info on the Nemean Lion?
      >
      > One of the 12 Labors of Hercules was to slay the Nemean Lion: this
      is from
      > my book:
      >
      > In the Greek myths, Eurystheus, at the bidding of Hera, ordered
      Heracles
      > (Hercules) to kill and flay the formidable lion of Nemea as his
      first labour
      > on the path to godhood. An "enormous beast with a pelt proof
      against iron,
      > bronze, and stone" (Graves), it was said to be the offspring of
      Typhon. When
      > Heracles arrived at Nemea he found a severely lion-depopulated
      neighborhood,
      > and discovered the creature ambling to its lair bespattered with
      blood from
      > the day's slaughter. He shot off a flight of arrows, but the lion
      merely
      > yawned. Next he tried his sword on the beast, but it bent like a
      toy;
      > heaving up his great club, he shattered it with a mighty blow on
      the beast's
      > muzzle; the lion strolled off into his cave shaking his head, not
      for pain,
      > but the singing in his ears. Finally, Heracles tried wrestling with
      the
      > beast, and though the lion bit off one of his fingers, Heracles
      held its
      > head in a mighty grip and choked it to death. After sacrificing to
      Zeus, he
      > trekked the gory carcass back to Mycenae, totally freaking out
      Eurystheus,
      > who ordered him henceforth to display the fruits of his labours
      outside the
      > city gates. The strong man still had a problem: how to flay the
      beast? In a
      > blast of divine inspiration (Uranus transit?) he resolved to use the
      > creature's own razor-sharp claws; the pelt became his invulnerable
      armour,
      > and the head his helmet. (Poor terrified Eurystheus ordered his
      smiths to
      > forge a brazen urn, and commanded that it be buried beneath the
      earth.
      > Henceforth, whenever Heracles came by, Eurystheus hid in the urn).
      >
      > Love, Diana
      >
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