www.elminuto90.com The Second Labour was the destruction of the Lernaean Hydra.
The Second Labour was the destruction of the Lernaean Hydra. The origin of this unusual monster has been shown to be in Early Dynastic Sumeria (see p. 146 and fig. 14.29 above). This strange creature was a (deleted:figure) many- (often seven-) headed serpent, but when a head was cut off, two more immediately appeared to replace it. Nor did Hera assist by sending a giant crab to divert the attack. Hercules needed the help of his cousin, Iolaos, who plunged a burning stake into the central head. The blood of the creature was highly poisonous, so the hero dipped his arrows into it. This scene would have been difficult to show in its entirety and the one example is a very poor copy found at Welney Fen, Norfolk. This shows Hercules holding the Hydra by the neck of the only visible head with his club raised (rig. 14.31). It is a slender wraith-like creature with
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