P. 406 (with art)

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 06.1021.48.  Attic hydria, Herakles, Nereus and Triton.

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Metropolitan Museum collection

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 16.70.  Attic hydria, Herakles, Nereus and Triton.

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Metropolitan Museum collection

Athens, Acropolis Museum 35.  Archaic pediment.  Heerakles and Triton, Lions, Nereus (?)


Acropolis Museum

Athens, Acropolis Museum 35.  Archaic pedimental sculpture, Nereus (?).


Getty Images

Athens, Acropolis Museum 35. Archaic pedimental sculpture, Herakles and Triton.

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Grisel’s page

Paris, Cabinet des Medailles 255.   Attic hydria, Herakles and Nereus with female figure.


Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum

Rome, Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, 106462.  Herakles and Nereus.

Munich, Antike Kunstsammlungen 8762.  Herakles and Nereus.

Rome, Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia 106462.

Paris, Musee de Louvre, G155.  Herakles and Nereus.

ApB 2.5.11 – Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library)

And going on foot through Illyria and hastening to the river Eridanus he came to the nymphs, the daughters of Zeus and Themis. They revealed Nereus to him, and Hercules seized him while he slept, and though the god turned himself into all kinds of shapes, the hero bound him and did not release him till he had learned from him where were the apples and the Hesperides.  Greek Text

ApB 2.5.10 – Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library)

As a tenth labour he was ordered to fetch the kine of Geryon from Erythia. Now Erythia was an island near the ocean; it is now called Gadira. This island was inhabited by Geryon, son of Chrysaor by Callirrhoe, daughter of Ocean. He had the body of three men grown together and joined in one at the waist, but parted in three from the flanks and thighs. He owned red kine, of which Eurytion was the herdsman and Orthus, the two-headed hound, begotten by Typhon on Echidna, was the watchdog. So journeying through Europe to fetch the kine of Geryon he destroyed many wild beasts and set foot in Libya, and proceeding to Tartessus he erected as tokens of his journey two pillars over against each other at the boundaries of Europe and Libya. But being heated by the Sun on his journey, he bent his bow at the god, who in admiration of his hardihood, gave him a golden goblet in which he crossed the ocean. And having reached Erythia he lodged on Mount Abas. However the dog, perceiving him, rushed at him; but he smote it with his club, and when the herdsman Eurytion came to the help of the dog, Hercules killed him also. But Menoetes, who was there pasturing the kine of Hades, reported to Geryon what had occurred, and he, coming up with Hercules beside the river Anthemus, as he was driving away the kine, joined battle with him and was shot dead. And Hercules, embarking the kine in the goblet and sailing across to Tartessus, gave back the goblet to the Sun. Greek Text

Hekataios 1F26 – Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker 1, pp. 13-14, ed. F. Jacoby, 2d ed. Leiden 1957.

Greek Text


Artistic sources edited by R. Ross Holloway, Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor Emeritus, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown Univ., and Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, November, 2017

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

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