Myths of Greece and Rome Narrated with Special Reference to Literature and Art
Hercules’ birth reached Olympus,
Juno began to plot how to destroy her rival’s child. Two colossal
serpents with poisonous fangs were therefore dispatched
by her orders to attack the babe in its cradle.
crept along noiselessly, entered the palace unseen,
twined themselves around the cradle, and were about to crush
the child to death in their folds, when, to the utter astonishment
of the helpless attendants, little Hercules caught them fast by the
neck in each tiny hand and strangled them, thus giving the first
proof of the marvelous strength which was to make him famous.