Greek Mythology

The Classical Gods of Ancient Greece

HYDRA

Greek Demon

Utterly unkillable nine-headed dog monster

A demon with nine indestructible serpent heads and deadly poisonous blood, Hydra was another nasty spawning from Typhon and Echidna...

The Labors of Heracles

Episode 2: The Lernean Hydra

After defeating the Nemean Lion, it was off to the Lake of Lerna where the nine-headed serpent Hydra lurked. This time Heracles took his nephew Iolaus along for a bit of company.

He soon found that bashing the Hydra’s heads with his club did not do much good. Whenever a head was knocked out, it immediately grew back again. Time for a cunning plan.

Being somewhat swampy, Iolaus was able to gather reeds and twist them into firebrands. With a bit of ignition, they tried a slash-and-burn technique with great success. Cauterization seemed to do the trick where new heads were concerned and the monster was soon dispatched.

However, there was one left-over lopped-off head which refused to die. So Heracles buried it and hoped no-one would notice.

Not one to waste anything, he dipped some of his arrowheads in pools of Hydra’s left-over venom. This made them very deadly indeed. One day he would regret doing that.

Next Episode: The Ceryneian Hind...

Hydra Facts and Figures

Name: Hydra
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: Demon
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 251

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Article last revised on September 05, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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