The Nemean lion (In Greek: Λέων τῆς Νεμέας (Léōn tēs Neméas); Latin: Leo Nemaeus) was a monster in Greek mythology that resided at Nemea. It is said that the Nemean Lion could not be killed with mortal weapons because of its golden fur which gave him imperviousness to attacks. The creature's claws were sharper than conventional swords and could cut through any armor.
It was said to have had great cunning, further emphasized by it's capacity to shapeshift into the women in distress that it kidnapped from other cities, tricking would-be slayers to lower their guard in its lair before devouring them and later offer their bones to Hades.
The Nemean Lion is usually considered to have been the offspring of Typhon and Echidna; other origins states that the lion fell from the moon as the offspring of Zeus and Selene, or that he was born of the Chimera.
In Popular Culture
- Nemean Lions appear in Hero of Sparta II. In the game they are enchanted monsters, immortal to direct attacks.
- The Nemean Lion is one the many foes Orpheus must face in the side-scrolling video game The Battle of Olympus.
|Twelve Labours of Heracles|
|Slaying the Nemean Lion • Killing the Lernaean Hydra • Capturing the Ceryneian Hind • Capturing the Erymanthian Boar • Cleaning the Augean Stables • Slaying the Stymphalian Birds • Capturing the Cretan Bull • Capturing the Flesh-Eating Mares of Diomedes • Obtaining the Girdle of Hippolyta • Capturing the Cattle of Geryon • Stealing apples from the Tree of the Hesperides • Capturing Cerberus|