Thursday, July 22, 2010

Statue of the week-Hydra

Heck, I just got it today :). Now for some Wikipedia searching...
In Greek mythology, the Lernaean Hydra was an ancient nameless serpent-like chthonic water beast (as its name evinces) that possessed seven heads — and for each head cut off it grew two more — and poisonous breath so virulent even her tracks were deadly. The Hydra of Lerna was killed by Hercules as one of his Twelve Labours. Its lair was the lake of Lerna in the Argolid, though archaeology has borne out the myth that the sacred site was older even than the Mycenaean city of Argos since Lerna was the site of the myth of the Danaids. Beneath the waters was an entrance to the Underworld, and the Hydra was its guardian. The Hydra was the offspring of Typhon and Echidna both of whom were noisome offspring of the earth goddess Gaia. Now, this is interesting. The old Hydra had 7 heads and cheated ( reminds me of the Warehouse ) by growing 2 more for every head cut off. I also noticed how Typhon was her father, so I looked Typhon up...
Typhon fathered several children by his niece, Echidna, daughter of Phorcys and Ceto, including the multiheaded hounds Cerberus and Orthrus. Like I thought, Hydra is the sister of Lord Spike, so Balance and Myth are connected in this way, Typhon really bonded some schools ;).
The Lernaean Hydra, another one of Typhon's daughters, terrorized a spring at the lake of Lerna, near Argos, slaying anyone and anything that approached her lair with her noxious venom, save for a monstrous crab that was her companion. She and her crab were slain by Heracles as the second of his Twelve Labors (the crab being accidentally crushed underneath Heracles' heel). Cyrus has his report from me now *talks to Cyrus, gets a D- for being late*
Sigh. Happy Farming! *Note* Mycin is almost done w/the Forum :), very close to ol' Maly


  1. That's great I figured out that too in some Greek History Books!

  2. Did you know some people believe Typhon is still alive beneath Mount Etna and that the occasional eruptions from the volcano are actually Typhon's doing Technically Orthrus is the Hydra's Daddy O: Gosh I love Greek Mythology.

  3. @AlricRavensinger, lol, I do too. Thanks for the Mt. Etna myth :)


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