Nemean Lion

By: Ricky Simmons and Haley Smith

Hercules' First Task

King Eurystheus gave Hercules 10 tasks. He then decided that the first task he would give to Hercules would be to bring him the skin of the invulnerable Nemean lion that terrorized the hills around Nemea.

The Offer

Hercules set out on the seemingly impossible task, and came across a town called Cleonae. While in the town, he stayed at the house of a poor workman-for-hire named Molorchus. When Molorchus offered to sacrifice an animal to pray for a safe lion hunt, Hercules asked him to wait 30 days. If Hercules returned with the lion skin, they would sacrifice to Zeus, king of gods. However, if Hercules died trying to kill the lion, Molorchus agreed to sacrifice instead to Hercules as a hero.

Works Cited

Atsma, Aaron. "Leos Nemeios". Theoi Project, 2000-2011. Web. 20 Nov. 2013

"The Nemean Lion". Perseus Project. n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013

"Labor One: The Nemean Lion". n.p. n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013