Hesione released by Hercules and Telamon.

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This is part of a group of drawings by British artist and book illustrator Edward Francis Burney, depicting scenes from Greek and Roman history and mythology. Hercules (Greek: Heracles) was sailing past Troy with his ally, Telamon, when he saw the Trojan princess, Hesione, being overpowered by a sea monster. She had been sacrificed by the people of Troy to prevent the monster from destroying the city and killing anyone else. Hercules agreed to save her if the King of Troy, Hesione's father, gave him the divine horses which had been gifted to him by Zeus, king of the gods. Hesione would later figure in the story of the Trojan wars and also became Telamon's second wife.