Labor XII: Kerberos (page 414, with art)

Chapter 13: Herakles

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Il 5.395-97 – Homer, Iliad

And so suffered monstrous Hades even as the rest a bitter arrow, when this same man, the son of Zeus that beareth the aegis, smote him in Pylos amid the dead, and gave him over to pains.  Greek Text

Ol 9.30-35 – Pindar, Olympian Odes

For [30] how could Heracles have wielded his club against the trident, when Poseidon took his stand to guard Pylos, and pressed him hard, and Phoebus pressed him hard, attacking with his silver bow; nor did Hades keep his staff unmoved, with which he leads mortal bodies down to the hollow path [35] of the dead.  Greek Text

Ex Hope Collection: Attic black-figure Little Master cup by Xenokles Painter with woman with wreath, Herakles striding forward with large, two-headed Kerberos on a leash, and fleeing Hermes

D. Raoul Rochette, Monuments inédits d’antiquité figurée, grecque, étrusque et romaine (Band 1, Cycle héroique, 1833), pl. 49.1a

Beazley Archive Pottery Database (no image)

Once London, Erskine Collection: Laconian black-figure cup with large, three-headed Kerberos in center; on left edge, part of Hermes’ body, with winged shoe; on the right edge, part of Herakles’ body including his right hand with club and his left hand with chain that is attached to Kerberos’ triple collar

Photo courtesy of the Beazley Archive Pottery Database, Classical Art Research Centre, University of Oxford

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Moscow, Puskin State Museum of Fine Arts 70: Attic black-figure amphora by the Lysippides Painter with Herakles and Kerberos; Hermes on left; Herakles in center, reaching down with right hand to pat one of heads of two-headed Kerberos; in his hidden left hand, Herakles holds a chain; Kerberos crouches in porch of palace of Hades; behind Kerberos stands Persephone

Pushkin Museum

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Wikipedia

World History Encyclopedia

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Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Rome, Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia 48329: Attic black-figure neck-amphora by Leagros Group, with kneeling Herakles, Athena, and at the entrance to the palace of Hades, two-headed Kerberos, kneeling Hermes and Persephone.

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Vatican City, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco 372: Attic black-figure amphora of the Leagros Group, with Athena, Herakles, two-headed Kerberos, white-haired Hades with scepter and Persephone seated at entrance to her palace

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Museum of the Goddess Athena

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

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Amiens, Museum 3057.225.47a: Attic black-figure hydria from the Leagros Group with timid Herakles, Athena, two-headed Kerberos, Hermes and white-haired Hades

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Beazley Archive Pottery Database

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Paris, Musée de Louvre F204: Attic black-figure amphora by the Andokides Painter with Athena, Herakles crouching while trying to pet one of  two heads of snarling Kerberos and holding chain in his lowered left hand; Kerberos stands inside porch of palace of Hades

R. Norton, “Andokides,” American Journal of Archaeology and of the History of the Fine Arts vol. 11 no. 1 (Jan-Mar. 1896) p. 15 Fig. 12

G. Perrot and C. Chipiez, Histoire de l’art dans l’antiquité: vol 10 (1914): La Grèce archaïque: la céramique d’Athènes, pl. 7 

Wikipedia

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Digital LIMC

Perseus Art & Archaeology Artifact Browser

Louvre

Paestum, Museo Archeologico Nazionle: fragmentary Attic black-figure amphora by the Nikoxenos Painter, with Athena, Herakles reaching to pat one of Kerberos’ two heads while Hermes, with chain, kneels and scratches Kerberos’ neck; behind Kerberos, porch of palace of Hades and Persephone

C. Sourvinou-Inwood, “Three Related Cerberi,” Antike Kunst 17 (1974) 30 fig..1

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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, May 2024

Literary sources edited By Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, April 2022

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