Additional exposures occurred when he wrestled the Cretan Bull
and stole the Cattle of Geryon.
And he certainly hasn't slain the Nemean lion, captured the Cretan bull
or corralled the cattle of Geryon - although Hercules' fifth labor, cleaning the Augean stables, does have curious resonance with some of Mike's efforts over the past 12 months.
Labors of Heracles by Mythical Arrangement Nemean Lion Lernaean Hydra Ceryneian Hind Erymanthian Boar Stables of Augeias Stymphalian Birds Cretan Bull Mares of Diomedes Hippolyte's Girdle Cattle of Geryon Apples of the Hesperides Capture of Cerberus Figure 7.
The Cretan Bull: In the fifth metope, Heracles captures the Cretan Bull.
Like Bill Pickett--the rodeo star who invented steer wrestling--he bulldogged the Cretan Bull.
The constellation Taurus suggests that the Cretan Bull still has a beef with Hercules and is looking for a rematch, but in fact the celestial Bull is roped into a different myth.
It was in The Cretan Bull
, published in 1947, that she introduced her readers to the pharmacology of atropine.
Only four of the twelve labors are depicted: the Cretan Bull
, the Nemean Lion, the Wild Boar of Erymanthus, and the Mares of Diomedes (fig.
Avrom Fleishman, who considers Mary Renault to be one of the finest historical novelists of the century, thinks that her skill at recreating an ancient sense of the sacred is such that readers are enabled 'to recognize the ritual drama of the Cretan bull
dance in the way we recognize our own myths and communal passions'.