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Nine-Headed Lernaen Hydra
● The Lernaen Hydra of Lerna more often known
simply as the Hrdra, was a serpentine water
female monster in Greek and Roma mythology
● Lerna looks like a snake with nine-headed
● The Hydra had poisonous breath and blood so
virulent that even its scent was deadly
● The monster is killed by Heracles with some help
by, sword and as the second of his Twelwe
● The Stymphalian bird was a carnivorous man eating bird with
bronze beak, and sharp shiny metallic feathers
● King Eurystheus sent Hercules to slay the Stymphalian Birds
● Athena gave Hercules a gift, the way it make noise scare
Stymphalian Birds and keep them away
● Heracles then shot many of them with arrows tipped with
poisonous blood from the slain Hydra
● The first of Heracles' twelve labours, set by King
Eurystheus (his cousin) was to slay the Nemean
● While searching for the lion, Heracles fetched some
arrows to use against it, not knowing that its golden
fur was impenetrable; when he found the lion and
shot at it with his bow, he discovered the fur's
protective property when the arrow bounced
harmlessly off the creature's thigh.
● Heracles stunned the beast with his club and, using his immense strength,
strangled it to death. During the fight the lion bit off one of his fingers.
Others say that he shot arrows at it, eventually shooting it in the
● After slaying the lion, he tried to skin it with a knife from his belt, but failed.
He then tried sharpening the knife with a stone and even tried with the
stone itself. Finally, Athena, noticing the hero's plight, told Heracles to use
one of the lion's own claws to skin the pelt.
● When he returned on the thirtieth day carrying the carcass of the lion on his
shoulders, King Eurystheus was amazed and terrified.