Hydra (mythology)

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Herakles and the Lernaean Hydra, Attic Vase, around 540/30 BC; Musée du Louvre, Paris
Gustave Moreau: Herakles and the Lernaean Hydra, 1876

In Greek mythology the Hydra, which was also called Lernaean Hydra, is a serpent-like monster. According to Theogony 313, the hydra is the child of Typhon and Echidna. Herakles kills the Hydra as one of his Labors. The Hydra lived in the lake of Lerna in the Argolid. Under the lake was an entrance to the Greek underworld, which it guarded. The lake itself is older even than the Mycenean city of Argos. Lerna was the site of the myth of the Danaids, too. The Hydra is a nine-headed serpent like snake. It was said that if you cut one hydra head , two more grow back. And the middle hydra head breathes fire.

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  • Graves, Robert (1960), The Greek Myths, Penguin Books, pp. 469–72