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Heracles battles Geryon for his cattle | Greek vase, Athenian black figure amphora

L3.6B HERAKLES & GERYONES

Museum Collection: TBA
Catalogue No.: TBA
Beazley Archive No.: TBA
Ware: Attic Black Figure
Shape: Amphora
Painter: --
Date: ca 550 - 540 BC
Period: Archaic

SUMMARY

Herakles battles the three-bodied giant Geryones. The hero fires arrows from a bow. Before him stands Geryones, who is shown with a single set of legs and midsection, which divides into three upper bodies. Each of his bodies is equipped with a spear, shield and helm, and they share a double set of wings. At the feet of the two combatants lie the hersman Eurytion, and the two-headed guard-dog Orthros, both felled by the arrows of Herakles. The hero is supported by the goddess Athene whose aigis-cloak is adorned with six large, undulating serpents. Behind her are the prized cattle of the giant.

NOTEThis image is a drawing of the vase rather than a photographic representation.

ARTICLESGeryones, Orthros

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