Geryon

Detail from an Athenian black-figure clay vase, about 530 BC. Munich, Antikensammlungen 1379.Detail from Athenian red-figure clay vase about 500-450 BC. Vatican City. Musei Vaticani 16563. Photo. XXXIV.27.15/4A three-headed (and by some accounts three-bodied, and winged) warrior, rich in cattle which were tended by his herdsman Eurytion and his dog Orthros, in the farthest west. The tenth Labour of Herakles was to bring the cattle to Eurystheus. The hero killed Orthros, then Eurytion, and finally Geryon, and sailed back to Argos with the cattle, first setting up a monument to his presence - the famous Pillars of Herakles - somewhere in the Straits of Gibraltar. In his voyage to the west Herakles travels overseas in a golden bowl which he got from the Sun, (Helios) by threatening him.

Above left: Detail from an Athenian black-figure clay vase, about 530 BC. Munich, Antikensammlungen 1379. © Antikensammlungen, Munich Licence Plate 11 UK 1007 143

Above right: Detail from Athenian red-figure clay vase about 500-450 BC. Vatican City. Musei Vaticani 16563. Photo. XXXIV.27.15/4 © Musei Vaticani