At the beginning of mankind's existence on the
earth they did not have the knowledge of fire, nor the knowledge to build
sanctuaries to live. The world at that time was filled with ferocious
beasts that would routinely make a feast of any man, woman, or child they could
find. At that time mankind neither had the knowledge nor the know how to
Later on mankind began to live in communities, and in these
groups of individuals they managed to defend themselves against the wild
animals. Around the period when they began to build towns near the sea
they mastered fire. With fire they created weapons that they used against
the wild beasts.
From that time to the time of Hercules thousands of years had
passed. Now mankind had become civilized and had weapons of steel, sailed
on the sea, and designed beautiful structures to the honor of their gods.
However, the beasts had not disappeared they had simply fled to the
forests away from mankind's reach. In one of the forest near Nemea
there lived a horrid beast "The Neamean Lion". This lion would routinely eat the
livestock of the people of Nemea, and at times would even eat any unfortunate
Nemean that had wandered into the forest!
Euristhea wishing for Hercules to die so that he may not take
his kingdom, see Hercules
goes to Delphi, said to Hercules, "Hercules go bring me the hide
of this dangerous Lion, so that the people of Nemea can sleep without fear
knowing that their livestock and people are safe."