"Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra" by Earl Staley.
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Image courtesy of Mr. Earl Staley.
The Lernaean Hydra
A long time ago, Greek people believed that a long strip of stars
was really an image
of a gigantic serpent known as the Hydra. The heads of the Hydra could
grow back even if they were cut off. Its breath could also kill a person.
The destruction of the Hydra was one of the many hard tasks that Heracles, had to perform. Heracles was so brave
and strong that he killed the Hydra.
During their fight, an enormous
crab emerged from the swamp to aid the Hydra. Heracles killed the crab by crushing
its shell with his foot. Heracles buried the Hydra's head under a heavy rock.
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