Exlibrises (bookplates)



Heracles slaying the Nemean lion

by Arkady Pugachevsky

67×82 mm, X6/7, 1995, op. # 74
owner (customer): N.H. (Norbert Hillerbrandt)

Heracles and the lion

The first of Heracles' twelve labours, set by Eurystheus (his cousin) was to slay the Nemean lion and bring back its skin.

The Nemean lion was a vicious monster in Greek mythology that lived in Nemea. It was eventually killed by Heracles. The lion was usually considered the offspring of Typhon and Echidna, but it was also said to have fallen from the moon, offspring of Zeus and Selene. A third origin has it being born of the Chimera.