Further Resources: The Stymphalian Birds

  • Read the story of Hercules and the Stymphalian Birds, as told by Apollodorus, the ancient writer who collected legends in his mythology handbook, the Library.
  • The Temple of Zeus at Olympia was decorated with sculptures illustrating the Labors of Hercules. Look at the sculpture catalog entry for the Stymphalian Birds metope.
  • Find more depictions of krotala on a vase from Harvard painted with a scene of two women dancing.
  • See a picture of the smith god, Hephaistos, with hammer and tongs, painted between 430 and 420 B.C. on a Greek vase.
  • Browse the catalog entries and see more pictures of the Philadelphia vase with the dancer holding krotala, or the London vase with Hercules and the birds.
  • Read a short chorus sung by birds, from the comic play by Aristophanes called Birds. In this chorus, the birds boast of all the services they provide for mortals.
  • Women with legs of birds were the mythological creatures we know as sirens. See a vase in the shape of a siren.

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