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[623] κύν᾽ ἄξοντ᾽. Homer does not enumerate the labours of Heracles, nor does he name the ‘dog,’ which appears as “Κέρβερος” first in Hesiod , Hesiod Theog.311.Pausanias (3. 25. 4) quoting from Hecataeus says that there was a “δεινὸς ὄφις” at Taenarus, called “Αἵδου κυών”. The eagles or vultures are similarly called by Aesch. and “σοπη. Διὸς κύνες”. See Il.8. 368; which seems to show that the story about Cerberus was known to Homer, in a simple form, the name and the other details being a later growth.

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