P. 403 (with art)

Chest of Kypselos from temple of Hera at Olympia (known through Pausanias’ description and modern reconstructions)

Pausanias Description of Greece 5.19.1

Then comes the combat between Heracles and Geryones, who is represented as three men joined to one another. Greek Text

Detail of combat between Herakles and Geryon, from reconstruction of chest of Kypselos (lost monument once in temple of Hera, Olympia) by W. von Massow, “Die Kypseloslade,” Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Athenische Abteilungvol. 41 (1916), pl. 1.

Pausanias 3.18.13

Heracles is driving off the cows of Geryones. Greek Text

Stesichoros, Geryoneis 186 PMG Poetae Melici Graeci, p. 101 ed. D. L. Page. Oxford 1962.

Geryoneus is the son of Okeanos’ daughter, Kalliroe, and of Chrysaor. Stesichoros says that he has six hands and six feet and that he is winged. (Transl. E. Bianchelli)

London, British Museum  B155.  Attic amphora, Herakles and Geryon.

LondonHerakles Geryon

British Museum on line

Paris, Cabinet des Medailles 202.  Chalcidian amphora.  Herakles Geryon.


Corpus Vasorum AnCorpus Vasorum Antiquorum

Rome, Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia 50683 (M430): Attic black-figure hydria by Lydos with Herakles and Geryon.

P. Mingazzini, Vasi della Collezione Castellani: Catalogo (1930), pl. 46.1-2

Beazley Archive

Munich, Staatliche Antikensammlung 2620.  Attic kylix by Euphronios.  Herakles and Geryon.



Artistic sources edited by Frances D. Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, October, 2017

Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. Of Georgia, January 2021

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