L3.6 HERACLES & GERYON
|Museum Collection||Cabinet des Médailles, Paris|
|Catalogue No.||Paris Medailles 202|
|Beazley Archive No.||-|
|Ware||Attic Black Figure|
|Date||ca. 550 - 540 B.C.|
Heracles battles the three-bodied giant Geryon. The hero wears a lion-skin cape and quiver, and fires arrows from a bow. Geryon has three heads, upper torsos and pairs of arms set atop the lower torso and legs of a single man. His triple form is flanked by (two pair of) wings and each body is equipped with a spear, shield and helm. The slain herdsman Eurytion and two-headed dog Orthrus lie at his feet. The hero is supported by Athena, his patron-goddess, whose aegis-cloak is adorned with six large, writhing serpents. Behind her stand the giant's cattle.
Drawing of the vase painting.