Geryon's Cattle


Hercules fighting GeryonHercules fighting Geryon

Not content with just the girdle, Eurystheus wanted more. So he sent Hercules to the isle of Erythia, where Geryon, the three-legged, three-headed, one-bodied monster lived. Now, this place was and is really far away. So, when he made it to the intersection of Libya and Europe, he put down two giant pillars of rock, now known as the Pillars of Hercules. Which also happen to make the winds for the return trip much more favorable, but Hercules surely didn't think of that. When he finally made it onto Erythia, he had to fight the two-headed dog Orthos and herdsman Euryton. Hercules bashed their skulls in with his club and moved on. He then tried to make off with the cattle, but Geryon caught him, and the two fought. Hercules slew the monster with his arrows, and then returned to Mycenae with the cattle.

The story behind this place is one example where Hercules meets up with his ancestors, in a sense. The father of Geryon, Chrysaor, emerged from the corpse of the gorgon Medusa after Hercule's relative Perseus slew her. Another interesting temporal interaction between the two occurs in the next labor.

The Tour

From the Black Sea, it is possible to sail allll the way to Erythia. You'll be doing so. We reccomend travel games, like "stare at the sun" and "guess the number between I and higher than the roman numeral system goes." Along the way, enjoy the dolphins and all other manners of sea life. Also, we'll be passing through the Pillars of Hercules on our scenic voyage. Enjoy the warm sun as you near the edge of Ocean*.

  • Distance from last labor: MDCCCXL miles
  • Time from last labor: A really long time. The winds even blow against you.
  • Route: Sea
  • Features: Dolphins, Pillars of Hercules, Sicily
  • Lodging:
    • Wow, I really hope you like to sail!: a semi-giant pile of cash

Tiberius's Travel Taberna is not responsible for loss of life or giant chests of cash due to "falling off Ocean."