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  • n. A mythical lion of ancient Nemea that was invulnerable to attack by weapons and was slain by Hercules as one of his labours.


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  • Nemean Lion i can feel his whimsy but i cannot feel his consci...

    Hunter S Thompson on Conan O'Brien

  • It tells a portion of the tale of the Twelve Labors of Heracles or Hercules, if you're feeling Roman, specifically that of the Nemean Lion.

    Illuminated manuscripts, the beginning

  • A masterpiece of virtuoso technique, proportions and remarkable state of preservation refers to the first of Heracles' Twelve Labors, his killing of the Nemean Lion.

    Ancient History For Collectors

  • After several minutes another servant entered, bowed and led the Spartan along a corridor to an elaborately decorated andron, the walls covered with Persian rugs and hangings, the floor boasting a colourful mosaic showing Heracles slaying the Nemean Lion.

    Lion Of Macedon

  • It was a representation of Heracles in the act of tearing the jaws of the Nemean Lion.

    The Aesop for Children With pictures by Milo Winter

  • 'Friend, lo even thus befel the slaying of the Nemean Lion, that aforetime had brought many a bane on flocks and men.'

    Theocritus Bion and Moschus Rendered into English Prose

  • At earlier dates, the teaching of every master trained in the Eastern schools was necessarily grafted on the wisdom of the Greek mythology; and thus the story of the Nemean Lion, with the aid of Athena in its conquest, is the real root-stock of the legend of St. Jerome's companion, conquered by the healing gentleness of the Spirit of Life.

    Our Fathers Have Told Us Part I. The Bible of Amiens

  • Some of his labors included slaying the Nemean Lion, the Lernaean Hydra, the Erymanthian Boar and the Stymphalian Birds.

    Notes from the Technology Underground


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