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Cattle of Geryon

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Heracles kills Geryon and Orthrus whilst Athena and the cattle watch

These cattle belonged to Geryon. They were watched over by Orthrus.


Heracles came to steal the cattle from Geryon as part of his 10th labour. Whilst he was travelling through the desert, Heracles, tired of the burning sun,  shot an arrow at Helios. Helios, in admiration, gave him a golden cup, which he used to sail to Geryon's island home. Heracles killed Geryon and Orthrus with posionous arrows and stole the cattle. When Heracles brought the cattle back, they were sacrificed to Hera.

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