The constellation Leo is one of the earliest recognized constellations. During a long period of time the summer solstice has been founded exactly in this constellation. That caused a strong heat in the Sothern countries and symbolized the beginning of the flood of the Nile in Egypt. For this reason, the locks to route the flow of the water through canals to the fields were made in the form of a lion’s head. Even nowadays we have an opportunity to see fountains, where the flow of the water bursts out of the jaws of the lion. This constellation is particularly visible at midnight in the first half of March. The brightest star of Leo is called Regulus (means “prince” in Latin).
Leo Constellation Legend
The myth is based on one of the Labors of Hercules, who committed it on the orders of Eurystheus, the king of Argos.
A huge lion was living in the suburbs of Nemea, which had an unbreakable by arrows skin. He shamelessly was feeding himself with both the herds of Eurystheus and people. Something had to be done about this and a people’s defender Hercules was sent to fight the murderer.
To defeat the beast, he pulled out an olive tree with roots from the ground, cleaned it of branches and twigs and made a hug stuck out of the trunk. With such equipment, augmented with bow and arrow, Hercules was ready for the battle.
It was a difficult and hot fight. The arrows were not able to penetrate the powerful hide of the beast and the blows on the lion’s head just infuriated him more and more every second. Hercules had to defeat him with bare hands. Justice triumphed and both animals and people were saved.
Eurystheus was very frightened to see even the dead monster on the shoulders of Hercules. Therefore he drove Hercules out of the yard and order his wife Hera to solve all the future issues with him through the messengers. The mighty warrior left himself the skin of a lion as a battle trophy. It became a raincoat for him which absolutely didn’t wear out during the time.
In commemoration of the Labor of Hercules the Nemean games began to be held. During the games, the universal peace in Greece was proclaimed. The lion was placed by the Gods in the sky in the form of a constellation with bright stars.
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