The Nemean lion (Greek: Λέων τῆς Νεμέας (Léōn tēs Neméas); Latin: Leo Nemaeus) was a vicious monster in Greek mythology that lived at Nemea. It was eventually killed by Heracles. It could not be killed with mortal weapons because its golden fur was impervious to attack. Its claws were sharper than mortal swords and could cut through any armor.
The lion is usually considered to have been the offspring of Typhon (or Orthrus) and Echidna; it is also said to have fallen from the moon as the offspring of Zeus and Selene, or alternatively born of the Chimera. The Nemean lion was sent to Nemea in the Peloponnesus to terrorize the city.
... set by his cousin King Eurystheus, was to slay the Nemean lion ... According to one version of the myth, the Nemean lion took women as hostages to its lair in a cave near Nemea, luring warriors from nearby towns to save the damsel in distress ... Once he was close, the woman would turn into a lion and kill the warrior, devouring his remains and giving the bones to Hades ...
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“My fate cries out,
And makes each petty artery in this body
As hardy as the Nemean lions nerve.”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)