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The Lion of Nemea

The first labor of Heracles: Killing the Lion of Nemea

As a first labor, Heracles was asked to kill a huge lion that was dwelling in Nemea, in the southwest of Corinth, and mangled persons and animals, terrorizing the population of the region. The lion was trained up by Hera and had a skin that was impervious even to iron weapons.

When Heracles met the Lion of Nemea, he attempted to use his arc, but the arrows were incapable to kill the lion so Heracles had to use his club and followed him in a cavern with two entrances.

Heracles covered one entrance with stones and entered from the other in order to find the lion. Without using his club, he grapped the lion from the neck, twirled him and with the immense force of his hands he choked it to death.

Next, Heracles delivered the lion to Eurystheas and out of its skin he made a suit of armour. In order to memorize his labor, Heracles inaugurated the Nemeian Games to praise Zeus, the King of the god .

Labors of Heracles

Heracles Labors-The Lion of Nemea
The Lion of Nemea
Heracles Labors-The Lernaean Hydra
The Lernaean Hydra
Heracles Labors-The Ceryneian Hind
The Ceryneian Hind
Heracles Labors-The Erymanthian Boar
The Erymanthian Boar
Heracles Labors-The Augean Stables
The Augean Stables
Heracles Labors-The Stymphalian Birds
The Stymphalian Birds
Heracles Labors-The Cretan Bull
The Cretan Bull
Heracles Labors-The Mares of Diomedes
The Mares of Diomedes
Heracles Labors-The Girdle of Hippolyte
The Girdle of Hippolyte
Heracles Labors-The Cattle of Geryon
The Cattle of Geryon
Heracles Labors-The Apples of the Hesperides
The Apples of the Hesperides
Heracles Labors-Cerberus, the dog of the Underworld
Cerberus, the dog of the Underworld

Myths about Heracles

Heracles Myths-Heracles and Athena
Heracles and Athena
Heracles Myths-Heracles and Pluto
Heracles and Pluto
Heracles Myths-The First Feat of Heracles
The First Feat of Heracles
Heracles Myths-Heracles and the Egyptian Pharaoh
Heracles and the Egyptian Pharaoh