The Hind of Ceryneia

For his third labor, Eurystheus told Hercules to bring him the Hind of Ceryneia. This seems like a very easy task. Just go out there and shoot a deer. But it wasn't that simple. This was no ordinary deer.

      This deer had golden horns and hoofs of bronze. It was also the sacred pet to the goddess of hunting and the moon, Diana. This means that Hercules could not harm it what so ever without angering a godess. 

      On this quest, Hercules chased this mystical hind for a year. Being weary, the deer rested on a mountain called Artemisius, and made her way tot he river Ladon. Just as it was about to escape, Hercules shot it in the neck.

      Shortly afterward, he was met by Diana and Apollo. Diana was EXTREMELY flustered with what Hercules had done to her sacred animal, but Hercules did not fret. He simply told her the truth that he was obeying the oracle and do the labors in which Eurystheus set him out to do. Diana soon understood, and healed the deer's wounds and Hercules carried it alive. 

 

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