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Permanent exchibition of Museum of Acropolis

View of  Lernaian Hydra pediment, on whicht the decorative theme of Hercules and the Lernaian Hydra is depicted
Pediment of the Lernaian Hydra

This remarkable Attic pedimental composition of the early 6th century BC, belonged to an unidentified small building on the Athenian Acropolis. It represents Hercules defeating the Lernaian Hydra. The mythical hero uses a club, which he holds in his right hand, to attack the serpent-like monster with its nine terrible heads. To the left awaits Iolaos, Hercules's friend, ready to mount a chariot gripping tightly the horses' reins. A crab, the Hydra's ally, is depicted in the corner. Engraved details and brightly coloured paint once completed this relief. The decorative theme of Hercules and the Lernaian Hydra can be seen on several artefacts of the 7th century BC, from different areas of Greece. However, it first occurs in Attica in this monumental composition.

Exhibit Features
Date: Archaic period
Place of discovery: Athens
Dimensions: width: 5,80 m, height: 0.79 m
Material: limestone
Inventory number: 1
  Suggestive Bibliography
Μπρούσκαρη Μ., Μουσείο Ακροπόλεως, Αθήνα, 1974
Τριάντη Ι., Το Μουσείο Ακροπόλεως, Αθήνα, 1998