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All About Pan
demeter and persephone myth
Fates, Furies, and Graces
Greek Monsters and Mythical Creatures
Greek Mythology in Popular Culture
Greek Myths Including Hera
Other Greek Gods
Penelope and Telemachus
Popular Greek Myths
The Iliad, Epic Poem told by Homer
The Odyssey - Circe
The Odyssey - Polyphemus
The Odyssey - The Laestrygones
The Odyssey - The Lotus Eaters
The Odyssey - Underworld
The Odyssey- Cattle of Helios
The Trojan Horse
Pegasus is an immortal winged horse existing in Greek mythology. He was the offspring of
, a monstrous woman who has snakes as hair, and the god of the sea and horses. Medusa was originally a beautiful young woman, but when Athena became angry at Medusa, she turned Medusa into a hideous gorgon. Medusa’s scales were as hard as metal, and if you ever looked at her, you would turn to stone. Anyone that ever dared to approach any of the Three Gorgons were very brave. So when a well-known hero named Perseus set off to slay Medusa, he was a hero. At first, Perseus was tricked into doing it by his stepfather King Polydectes. But when the gods heard about this cruel trick, they helped young Perseus. A god named
gave Perseus a curved sword, and a goddess named
gave him a shield. With the help of the gods, Perseus was able to defeat Medusa. When Medusa was beheaded, Pegasus sprung from her neck.
Pegasus in Flight
Bellerophon & Pegasus
Then, a hero named Bellerophon, decided that he wanted to tame Pegasus. Bellerophon searched for a way to tame Pegasus, until he came across a prophet, who told him to sleep on the altar of a goddess named Athena. So Bellerophon did the task that the prophet advised him to. When Bellerophon fell asleep, he dreamed that Athena had given him a golden bridle and demanded him to sacrifice something to the god, Poseidon.
When Bellerophon woke up from his dreams, he found a golden bridle next to him on the altar, one just like in his dream. Bellerophon knew he had to sacrifice something to Poseidon, so he found a bull, and chose that. Not long after the sacrifice, Bellerophon came across Pegasus, who was waiting to be bridled.
Greek Painting of Pegasus
Once Bellerophon found Pegasus, he decided to ride to Mount Olympus, where the gods and goddesses were believed to live. The king of all gods, and the main god,
, was angered by Bellerophon’s attempt to reach the heavens. So Zeus sent a horsefly to sting Pegasus. Pegasus lost control in fear and pain, and therefore, Bellerophon was thrown off the horse, landing back on earth and paralyzing him forever. Even though Bellerophon was no longer riding Pegasus, Pegasus still arrived at Bellerophon’s destination alone. Zeus was thrilled by his work, and gladly welcomed Pegasus when he reached Mount Olympus.
Contrary to Bellerophon's unfortunate fate, Pegasus' was the complete opposite. After Pegasus' unknown teamwork with Zeus, Pegasus' new job was a very important one, carrying Zeus' thunderbolts. Pegasus is also a constellation in the sky, located in the Northern Hemisphere, and it is near Aquarius.
Pegasus Picture drawn by Kelli B.
In Ancient Greek Mythology, Pegasus symbolizes glory, knowledge, inspiration, and imagination. Pegasus' story became a well-known favorite story in art and literature. The myth of Pegasus and Bellerophon's journey in flight is considered a poetic inspiration.
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