Re: Nemean Lion
- thank you Diana. MissB
--- In email@example.com, "Diana K Rosenberg"
> 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
> my book:Heracles
> In the Greek myths, Eurystheus, at the bidding of Hera, ordered
> (Hercules) to kill and flay the formidable lion of Nemea as hisfirst labour
> on the path to godhood. An "enormous beast with a pelt proofagainst iron,
> bronze, and stone" (Graves), it was said to be the offspring ofTyphon. When
> Heracles arrived at Nemea he found a severely lion-depopulatedneighborhood,
> and discovered the creature ambling to its lair bespattered withblood from
> the day's slaughter. He shot off a flight of arrows, but the lionmerely
> yawned. Next he tried his sword on the beast, but it bent like atoy;
> heaving up his great club, he shattered it with a mighty blow onthe beast's
> muzzle; the lion strolled off into his cave shaking his head, notfor pain,
> but the singing in his ears. Finally, Heracles tried wrestling withthe
> beast, and though the lion bit off one of his fingers, Heraclesheld its
> head in a mighty grip and choked it to death. After sacrificing toZeus, he
> trekked the gory carcass back to Mycenae, totally freaking outEurystheus,
> who ordered him henceforth to display the fruits of his laboursoutside the
> city gates. The strong man still had a problem: how to flay thebeast? In a
> blast of divine inspiration (Uranus transit?) he resolved to use thearmour,
> creature's own razor-sharp claws; the pelt became his invulnerable
> and the head his helmet. (Poor terrified Eurystheus ordered hissmiths to
> forge a brazen urn, and commanded that it be buried beneath theearth.
> Henceforth, whenever Heracles came by, Eurystheus hid in the urn).
> Love, Diana