Pegasus

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Pegasus

A magical flying horse with feathery wings, Pegasus was born from the corpse of the slain Gorgon Medusa.


Characteristics

A large, white stallion with feathery wings just behind his shoulders, Pegasus has blazing eyes and golden hooves. History

When the hero Perseus killed the monstrous Gorgon Medusa, the blood flowed into the sea. From the seafoam, Pegasus was born. Following his birth, he lived with the nine Muses on Mount Helicon.

The hero Bellerophon tamed Pegasus with the help of the goddess Athena. While Bellerophon was sleeping, Athena gave him a jeweled, magic bridle.

When Bellerophon awoke, he saw Pegasus drinking from a nearby spring. He used the magic bridle to catch and tame him.

It was because of Pegasus’s flying that Bellerophon was able to kill the Chimera.

Pegasus remained with Bellerophon until the hero died. Pegasus then flew to Mount Olympus, the home of the gods, where he carried Zeus’s thunderbolts.

Zeus eventually rewarded Pegasus by turning him into a constellation.


Present Status

Unique, transformed to a constellation.


References

Curlee, Lynn. Mythological creatures: a classical bestiary : tales of strange beings, fabulous creatures, fearsome beasts, & hideous monsters from ancient Greek mythology. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2008. Print.

Nardo, Don. Greek mythology. Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2012. Print.