Ceryneian Hind

The Ceryneian Hind, also known as the Golden Hind, is a mythical creature from Greek mythology. It is a deer with golden antlers and hooves, and it is said to be sacred to the goddess Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, wilderness, and childbirth.

The most famous story involving the Ceryneian Hind is part of the Twelve Labors of Heracles (Hercules). As one of his tasks, Heracles was tasked with capturing the Ceryneian Hind alive and bringing it back to King Eurystheus as proof of his strength and bravery.

The Ceryneian Hind was a particularly challenging quarry for Heracles, as it was not only extremely fast but also sacred to Artemis. Heracles managed to pursue the Hind for an entire year, finally capturing it without harming it. However, he was then confronted by Artemis and her brother Apollo, who were furious that he had captured one of their sacred animals.

After explaining his situation and pleading his case, Heracles was allowed to take the Hind back to King Eurystheus, but he had to promise to return it unharmed.

Image of the Ceryneian Hind, a golden deer with radiant antlers, symbolizing purity.

Physical characteristics

Golden Antlers and Hooves: These golden attributes set it apart from ordinary deer and make it a unique and mythical creature.

Graceful Form: Like other deer, the Ceryneian Hind is often depicted as having a graceful and elegant form. Its movements are swift and agile.

Sleek Coat: The Hind’s coat is often described as sleek and lustrous, adding to its beauty and allure.


According to Greek myth, the Ceryneian Hind was a creature sacred to Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, wilderness, and childbirth. The Hind was said to possess golden antlers and hooves, distinguishing it from ordinary deer and marking it as a divine being associated with Artemis.

The exact origins of the Ceryneian Hind are not explicitly detailed in surviving mythological texts. However, like many creatures in Greek mythology, it likely emerged from the rich tapestry of stories and beliefs that characterized ancient Greek culture.

The Ceryneian Hind gained particular prominence in the story of Heracles’ Twelve Labors. Heracles was tasked with capturing the Hind alive as one of his labors, which highlighted the creature’s significance as a divine and elusive quarry.

Image of the Ceryneian Hind, a golden deer.

powers and abilities

Swiftness and Agility: The Ceryneian Hind is renowned for its extraordinary speed and agility. It was said to be able to outrun even the fastest hunters, making it an elusive and challenging quarry.

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