Further Resources: The Hind of Ceryneia

  • Read the story of Hercules and the Ceryneian Hind, 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 Ceryneian Hind metope.
  • Browse the catalog entries and see more pictures of the Harvard cup with the deer pursued by hunters, the Mississippi vase with Diana and a deer, or the Toledo amphora with Hercules and the Ceryneian Hind.
  • The goddess Diana, also called Artemis, was the protector of animals and the goddess of the hunt. She was usually depicted on vases holding a bow, or with a fawn. Twin sister of Apollo, she was celebrated in one of the Homeric Hymns as the "far-shooting goddess who delights in arrows."
  • Look up Mount Artemisius or the river Ladon in the Perseus digital library.
  • Apollo, Diana's twin brother, was associated with music, prophecy, and medicine. The sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi was perhaps the most important Greek religious center. Apollo is often depicted on vases with a musical instrument, a bow, or a tripod.

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