Chapter 4D. Single Combat (and other encounters)
IV-6 Herakles and the Nemean Lion
Herakles fights the Nemean Lion in the presence of Athena and a young man holding a lance
Attic table amphora: Psiax Painter, 530-515 BC
IV-7 Stuggle for Tripod
Detail of amphora attributed to the Andokides Painter (530-520) showing the struggle for the tripod. Athena, wearing the aegis and holding a spear and shield. "Red Figure"--that is, figures left the color of the surface of the pot when glossy black paint is applied around them.
Attic Table Amphora: Andokides Painter, 530-515 BC
IV-8 Metopes from Temple C, Selinus, Sicily, mid-6th century BC
Helios and horses
Perseus and Medusa
Herakles and the Kekropes
IV-9 Europa and the Bull
A woman rides on the back of a bull. Her left hand grasps one of the bull's horns, and her right hand rests on his flank. Under his front feet two large fish are leaping.
Detail of fish leaping beneath bull's feet.
IV-10 Labors of Herakles, Temple of Zeus at Olympia, ca. 470 BC
Above: Stymphalian Birds
Above: Cretan Bull
Above: Apples of the Hesperides
Above: Augean Stables
Compare versions of the Apples of the Hesperides
Roman fresco, 1st century AD
Pompeii, House of the Priest Amandus
(See also Chapter 7)
In this version, Herakles retrieves the Apples himself. He is depicted with all his familiar attributes, but stands passive in front of the Hesperides. The serpent who is meant to guard the apples coils up a column-drum altar, posing no threat at all.