A place in Argolis, Greece, located 7 miles south of Argos, Lerna is one of the largest prehistoric mounds in southern Greece. Its importance during the Bronze Age probably owed much to its geography, as it held a position along the route from the Argolid to the Peloponnese.

Lerna was abandoned and reoccupied at least once in the Early or Middle Helladic period, apparently, as various twentieth century archeological digs have exposed the remains of houses built atop older and quite substantial fortifications. The most notable discovery was a very large two-story building; named the "House of Tiles" because of its unusual terracotta roof. Evidence points to the settlement at Lerna failing before or at some point during the Late Helladic period, perhaps due to the Dorian influx from the north.

In Classical times Lerna was thought to be the home of the Nereids, and was celebrated as the place where Hercules killed the Lernaean Hydra, his Second Labor. Also in the vicinity of Lerna was the bottomless Alcyonian Lake, through which the god Dionysus gained access to the Underworld to rescue his mother from the dead.

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