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burning arrows, and cuts off its heads; but for every head cut off two new ones arise. At length lolaus, the charioteer of Heracles and son of his brother Iphicles, sears the wounds with burning brands. Upon the immortal head he lays a heavy mass of rock. He anoints bis arrows with the monster's gall, so that henceforth the wounds they inflict are incurable. Eurystheus refuses to accept this as a genuine victory, alleging the assistance offered by lolaus. (3) The boar of Erymanthus, which infested Arcadia. Heracles had been commanded to bring it alive to Mycenae, so he chased it into an expanse of snow, tired it out, and caught it in a noose. The mere sight of the beast threw Eurystheus into such a panic, that he slunk away into a tub underground, and bid the hero, in future, to show the proof of his achievements out- i side the city gates. (On the contest with [ the Centaurs which Heracles had to undergo i on his way to the chase, see pholus and chiron.) (4) The hind of Mount Ceryneia, between Arcadia and Achaia. Another account localizes the event on Mount Msenalus, and speaks of the Msenalian hind. Its horns were of gold and its hoofs of brass, and it had been dedicated to Artemis by the Pleiad Taygete. Heracles was to take the hind alive. He followed her for a whole year up to the source of the Ister in the country of the Hyperboreans. At length she returned to Arcadia, where i he wounded her with an arrow on the i banks of the Ladon, and so caught her. (5) j The birds that infested the lake of Stymphalus, in Arcadia. These were man-eating monsters, with claws, wings, and | beaks of brass, and feathers that they shot , out like arrows. Heracles scared them with a brazen rattle, and succeeded in kill­ing part, and driving away the rest, which settled on the island of Arettas in the Black Sea, to be frightened away, after a hard fight, by the Argonauts. (6) Heracles was commanded to bring home for Admete, the daughter of Eurystheus, the girdle of HippSlyte, queen of the Amazons. After many adventures he landed at Themiscyra, and found the queen ready to give up the girdle of her own accord. But Hera spread a rumour among the Amazons that their queen was in danger, and a fierce battle i took place, in which Heracles slew Hippolyte and many of her followers. Oil his return he slew, in the neighourhood of Troy, a sea-monster, to whose fury king LaSme'don had offered up his daughter

HesISne. Laomedon refused to give Heracles the reward he had promised, whereupon the latter, who was hastening to return to Mycenae, threatened him with future vengeance (see laomedon). (7) The farm­yard of Augeas, king of Elis, in which lay the dung of 3,000 cattle, was to be cleared in a day. Heracles completed the task by turning the river Alpheus into the yard. Augeas now contended that Heracles was only acting on the commission of Eurys­theus, and on this pretext refused him his promised reward. Heracles slew him after­wards with all his sons, and thereupon founded the Olympian games (see augeas).

(8) A mad bull had been sent up from the sea by Poseidon to ravage the island of Crete, in revenge for the disobedience of Minos (see minos). Heracles was to bring him to Mycense alive. He caught the bull, crossed the sea on his back, threw him over his neck and carried him to Mycense, where he let him go. The animal wandered all through the Peloponnese, and ended by infesting the neighbourhood of Marathon, where he was at length slain by Theseus.

(9) Dlomedes, a son of Ares, and king of the BistBnes in Thrace, had some mares which he used to feed on the flesh of the strangers landing in the country. After a severe struggle, Heracles overcame the king, threw his body to the mares, and took them off to Mycenae, where Eurystheus let them go. (10) The oxen of Gery6nes, the son of Chrysaor and the ocean Nymph Callirrh5e, was a Giant with three bodies and mighty wings, who dwelt on the island of Erythea, in the farthest West, on the borders of the Ocean stream. He had a herd of red cattle, which were watched by the shepherd Eurytlon and his two-headed dog Orthros, a son of Typhon and Echidna. In quest of these cattle, Heracles, with many adventures, passes through Europe and Libya. On the boundary of both continents he sets up, in memory of his arrival, the two pillars which bear his name, and at length reaches the Ocean stream. Oppressed by the rays of the neighbouring sun, he aims his bow at the Sun-god, who marvels at his courage, and gives him his golden bowl to cross the Ocean in. Arrived at Erythea, Heracles slays the shepherd and his dog, and drives off the cattle. Menostlus, who tends the herds of Hades in the neighbourhood, brings news to Geryones of what has happened. Geryones hurries in pursuit, but after a fierce contest falls before the arrows of

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