In this depiction, we see Heracles adorned with symbols of the captured powers of the Other, namely the pelt of the Nemean Lion
. In the metope, the golden apples symbolize the exchange of the commodities secured by Heracles in his labors for the olive branch, a symbol of peace and civilization for Athens.
What is the wider context of the two scenes of Herakles fighting the Nemean lion
that appear on the two hydrias?
The labors include the Nemean Lion
, Antaeus, and Cerberus.
He slew the man-killing Nemean lion
and the many-headed Hydra.
In art, Hercules is a favorite subject--his broad, muscled shoulders draped with the skin of a Nemean lion
. Although he gained fame for his archery and physical strength, he is usually represented wielding a knotted club.
1 Killing the Nemean lion
. This frightful beast, sent by Hera to ravage the Nemean plain and to annoy Heracles, he killed b y clubbing and strangling it, although it was supposedly invulnerable.
Hercules and the Nemean lion
, Roman heroes, allegorical figures and mythical beasts come together in a fantastical decorative setting that combines embossing, chasing, gilding, silvering and inlay in both gold and silver.
Kelly has caught the emotions of the story vividly, so that you do not need to read the text to know that Zeus and Hera are arguing, or the amount of physical skill that Hercules brings to fighting the Nemean Lion
Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) has completed his 12 labours, which included slaying a hydra and defeating the mighty Nemean Lion
, and now this muscle-bound man of myth roams the land as a mercenary for hire.
The Nemean lion
, the boar and the Hydra can be seen in the video.
It's true that at one point -- almost in passing -- he fights, and kills, the Nemean Lion
, just like the Hercules of mythology, but even that lion is merely 'a' Nemean lion
(there's a lot of them about) and its death is irrelevant to the plot, except in fuelling the love triangle that occupies much of the first half.