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TERRIFYING HYDRA
Hydra lived in the swamps near the ancient city of Lerna in Argolis. The monster had the body of a serpent like its mother, Echidna (half maiden - half serpent) and many heads like its father, Typhon (had 100 heads). Hydra had nine heads, one immortal head and eight mortal heads. It had not been harmed by any weapon, and if its head was cut off, two more heads would grow back in its place. Another defense was the stench from its breath, it was enough to kill man or beast.
DEMISE OF HYDRA
The killing of Hydra was the Second Labor of Heracles. Heracles, and IIolaos, his nephew, went to kill Hydra. When they got there, they saw Hydra and were very surprised at the nine headed monster. Heracles went and chopped of the first head, and two more grew back. Thinking quickly, Heracles told his charioteer to get a torch and burn the heads. With only one head left, he buried it in the ground and placed a boulder on the top of it. That was the end of Hydra.
WHAT DOES HYDRA MEAN?
  • Some people use the term "hydra" to mean a challenge which seems to grow larger and is harder to handle.
  • First century astronomer, Ptolemy, included Hydra, the water snake, among the 48 constellations. Today, Hydra is the largest of the 88 modern constellations.



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