Geryon and Herakles – Labors of Herakles

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Herakles fighting the monster Geryon who had three heads and three bodies, on a black-figure vase from Athens (500s BC)

Herakles fighting the monster Geryon who had three heads and three bodies, on a black-figure vase from Athens (500s BC)

As another of the labors he did for King Eurystheus, Herakles had to steal the cattle of Geryon. But Geryon had three heads and three bodies, as you can see in the picture. So he was hard to fight.

But this was no problem for Herakles. He just shot one arrow from the side and it went through all three of Geryon’s bodies. You might compare this story to the Bible story of David and Goliath, maybe.

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Bibliography and further reading about Herakles:

Twelve Labors of Hercules (Step into Reading, Step 3), by Marc Cerasini. Very easy, for beginning readers.

The Story of Hercules (Dover Children’s Thrift Classics), by Robert Blaisdell (1997). Easy reading, very cheap.

Hercules, by Nancy Loewen (1999). More sophisticated, with a look at how the myth was passed on and what it meant to people, as well as the story itself.

D’aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths, by Edgar and Ingri D’Aulaire. (Look under Heracles).

The Myths of Herakles in Ancient Greece, by Mark W. Padilla (1998). By a specialist; serious stuff.

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Karen Carr

Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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