Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Myths and Legends: Heracles and the Centaur Nessus

Heracles and the Centaur Nessus. To find out more about Nessus and the death of Heracles, see this Wikipedia article: link; for information about the image: image source.

This illustration by Hans Sebald Beham shows Hercules slaying the centaur Nessus, who had kidnapped Hercules' wife Deianeira. Hercules used an arrow that had been dipped in the poisonous blood of the hydra. This action would come back to haunt Hercules and Deianeira; see the story of Deianeira and the cloak.

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