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Heracles fighting Geryon, the three-bodied giant | Greek vase, Athenian black figure amphora

L3.5 HERAKLES & GERYONES

Museum Collection: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Catalogue Number: Paris F53
Beazley Archive Number: 310309
Ware: Attic Black Figure
Shape: Amphora
Painter: Attributed to Group E Potter
Date: ca 550 - 540 BC
Period: Archaic

SUMMARY

Herakles battles the three-bodied giant Geryones. The hero wears his usual lion-skin cape and brandishes a sword. At his feet lies Eurytion, the fallen herdsman of Geryones. The giant himself is drawn as three men standing side by side, each armed with a shield, helm and spear. The foremost shield is emblazoned with a Gorgoneion, the face of Geryones' own grandmother Medousa.

ARTICLESGeryones, Gorgones

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