Museo Arqueologico Nacional

Madrid for kids

Find the Roman mosaic depicting Hercules completing his twelve labours.
These were
A. Slay the Nemean Lion and bring back its skin.
B. Slay the Lernaean Hydra.
C. Capture the Ceryneian Hind.
D. Capture the Erymanthian Boar.
E. Clean the Augean stables in one day.
F. Slay the Stymphalian Birds.
G. Capture the Cretan Bull.
H. Steal the Mares of Diomedes.
I. Obtain the Girdle of Hippolyte.
J. Obtain the Cows of Geryon.
K. Steal the Apples of the Hesperides.
L. Capture Cerberus.

Cerberus is a mythical three headed dog that guards the gates of Hades.  Hercules caught it by being kind to it
2. How did Harry Potter calm Cerberus?

Visigoths Left heaps of gold objects but didnt build anything that lasted

In the Visigoth section find the model of Santa Maria de Melque.  There is a secret lever that will open the church

When the Romans were in Madrid, it was just a town they named Ursania [Latin for Bear] The remains of walls are near the Palacio Real.  There were heaps of bears in the mountains surrounding Madrid.

3. Find the skeleton.  What has remained intact?

1. What does this statue remind you of? What Egyptian figure combines woman and lion?

The Lady of Elche is generally believed to be Iberian art of the 4th century B.C., or of the Hellenistic or the Roman periods.

Possible forgery: a US academic John Moffitt suggested that Spains Lady of Elche sculpture dates from 1896 rather than 500 BC


drove out the Carthaginians around 200 BC and Roman Empire fell 476 AD

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