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Mythematics by Michael Huber

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CHAPTER 2

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The Second Labor: The Lernean Hydra

From Apollodorus:

 

As a second labour he [Eurystheus] ordered him to kill the Lernean hydra. That creature, bred in the swamp of Lerna, used to go forth into the plain and ravage both the cattle and the country. Now the hydra had a huge body, with nine heads, eight mortal, but the middle one immortal. So mounting a chariot driven by Iolaus, he came to Lerna, and having halted his horses, he discovered the hydra on a hill beside the springs of the Amymone, where was its den. By pelting it with fiery ...

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