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O20.2 HERACLES WRESTLING NEREUS OR ACHELOUS

Heracles & Nereus | Attic black figure vase painting
DETAILS
Museum Collection Musée du Louvre, Paris
Catalogue No. Louvre CA823
Beazley Archive No. 300106
Ware Attic Black Figure
Shape Lekythos
Painter In the manner of the Gorgon Painter
Date ca 600 - 580 B.C.
Period High Archaic

DESCRIPTION

Heracles wrestles a fish-tailed god--most likely Nereus, but possibly Achelous. The deity is depicted with the head, arms and torso of a man and the fail of a serpentine fish in place of legs. He wears a short chiton and a panther sprouts from his tail--symbolizing his power of metamorphosis.

"Herakles took hold of him as he lay sleeping, and bound him fast as Nereus changed himself into all sorts of shapes; he did not let him loose until Nereus told him where the apples and the Hesperides were." - Apollodorus, The Library 2.114

ARTICLES

Nereus, Achelous