Friday, September 27, 2013

Archaic Art-- Lernaean Hydra

Below is a vase depicting Hercules slaying the Lernaean Hydra. The painter is thought to be called the "Eagle Painter". It was painted in the city of Caere, one of the larger cities of Southern Etruria. It was made in 525 BC, during the archaic period. This type of vase is known as a hydria. The hydria was used for carrying water, had three handles, and usually depicted Greek mythology that reflected moral and social obligations. 

1 comment:

Miranda Martinez said...

I think it's kind of ironic that the hydria depicts the Hydra. The Hydra was probably one of the worst monsters that heroes faced. Every time you cut off a head, two more grew back in its place. I believe the only way to stop or kill it was by burning the stump before the head grew back. I think that's what shown on the hydria as well.