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an ancient region of the Peloponnesos peninsula in Greece, 10 km south of the city of Argos. According to Greek mythology, Lerna is the site of Heracles’ struggle with the Lernaean Hydra.

Excavations conducted between 1952 and 1957 by the American scholar J. L. Caskey revealed a settlement of many layers that had existed from the early Neolithic period to the late Bronze Age (the middle of the sixth millennium B.C to the third quarter of the second millennium B.C.). The excavations yielded the remains of defensive structures and of dwellings (including the two-story house of a ruler, the House of Tiles, second half of the third millennium B.C.), pottery, and burials from various periods.


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References in classic literature ?
And again she bore a third, the evil-minded Hydra of Lerna, whom the goddess, white-armed Hera nourished, being angry beyond measure with the mighty Heracles.
Ossi a globuli were spread from the Late Eneolithic to the Early Bronze Age, in the Central-East Mediterranean --Troy, Lerna, Malta--and in Southern Italy--Sicily and Apulia--(Setti and Zanini, 1996: 622-623).
Lerna e'er bred or Nilus' (229-31); she also claims 'I am a tiger' (5.1.67); and Melantius likens her to a goat as he counsels her to find a 'kindred / 'Mongst sensual beasts' (4.1.62-3).
According to legend, the Hydra of Lerna was killed by Hercules as the second of his Twelve Labours.
Dora Foti (iD), (1) Michela Lerna, (2) and Vitantonio Vacca (1)
(4) Lerna Ekmekcioglu daha ozellikli bir konu olan Milletler Cemiyeti azinlik rejimi ve Turkiye Cumhuriyeti ile baglantisi uzerine yazmistir.
Michel Cavagnac is an honorary professor and a LERNA researcher in the Toulouse School of Economics.