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TOP 10 MONSTERS From GREEK MYTHOLOGY


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So enough of the xenomorphs for a while, in this video we will explore the TOP 10 MONSTERS FROM GREEK MYTHOLOGY.

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Number 10. The Cyclops.
The cyclops were primordial giants, that were said to have been born from Gaia, the Earth...
They were said to possess great strength and ferocity. Fearing their power, the cyclops were thrown into the pits of Tartarus, by their father Uranus...
The monsters remained in prison when the titan Cronus overthrew Uranus, and became the ruler of the universe. It was only when the Olympians came to power, did the cyclops find freedom...
Zeus released three Cyclops from the dark pit of Tartarus, who in turn would craft thunderbolts for him...


Top 10 Mythical Horses & Their Mythology

For thousands of years, horses and people have shared a sacred bond. Humans&rsquo love for horses has gone so deep that they have become part of our myths and legends. People have passed on stories of mythical horse beings for centuries.

The most common mythical horse creatures are the Pegasus, Unicorn, Centaur, Kelpie, and Hippogriff. These mythical horses have played important roles in many different cultures, often being portrayed as powerful and important creatures.

Here are the 10 most common mythical horse creatures:


10 Cyclops

In Greek mythology, the Cyclopes (plural of Cyclops) were gigantic creatures with a single eye in the center of each of their heads. They were known chiefly for their barbarity, afraid neither of men nor gods.

The most famous Cyclops was Polyphemus, which attacked Odysseus in a cave and ate half of his men. Odysseus blinded the Cyclops by running a wooden stake through its single eye. Then Odysseus and his men escaped by tying themselves to the undersides of sheep.

This might sound implausible. But for a time, there appeared to be some fairly solid proof of the existence of Cyclopes. Many skulls were found with a single eye socket in the center of the head.

It turns out that the skulls belonged to dwarf elephants. The &ldquoeye socket&rdquo was the central nasal cavity and the opening for the elephant&rsquos trunk. Many dwarf elephant skulls have been found in Cyprus, especially in caves where the Cyclopes were supposed to have lived. Therefore, it is perhaps natural that an elephant skull would have been taken as evidence of a race of giant, man-eating creatures with one eye and terrible table manners. [1]


The 13 Greatest, Craziest And Most Badass Monsters In Greek Mythology

The heroes are the best-known part of Greek mythology, but what makes a hero? Having monsters to fight, that's what. Luckily for the heroes, the Greeks had the strangest, coolest, most terrifying monsters mythology had to offer — here is a baker's dozen of the best.

Most people know Cerberus as the three-headed dog who guards Hades — both keeping the living out and the dead in. While the idea of hell's guarddog by itself is pretty badass, most representations forget that Cerberus (like so many mythological Greek monsters) is a hodgepodge of other animal parts: He has the the claws of a lion, a mane made out of snakes, and a serpent's tail. Cerberus was the offspring of Typhon and the Chimera, which are both worthy entrants on this list. A few living people managed to sneak past Cerberus, with help from magic music or drugged food, but only Hercules straight-up defeated the beast.

Empousai was an evil goddess, daughter of Hecate, who spent her evenings drinking the blood of young men while they slept. Over time, she was downgraded from a goddess to an entire species of monster who devoured travelers late at night. A transportation-based vampire is pretty freaky, but the Empousai also had one bronze leg and one goat leg for some reason, which makes them even freakier.

Perhaps the most well-known monsters of Greek mythology. These three sisters — Medusa, Stheno and Euryale — of course had hair made of living and extremely poisonous snakes, which seems a bit like overkill when just looking directly at their faces would also immediately petrify you. Often, the two non-Medusa sisters were also immortal less occasionally, all three had giant fangs, like boar tusks. Of course, Medusa was defeated by the hero Perseus, but he needed help and equipment from Athena to do so. Otherwise there would have just been one more heroic-looking statue in the Gorgons' den.

4) Stymphalian Birds

Birds that attack people are generally considered scary on their own Alfred Hitchcock proved that pretty effectively. But these birds, another monstrous species only Hercules could defeat, very specifically liked to eat people, which is terrifying however, the real problem is that the birds' feathers were made of bronze, razor-sharp, and they could shoot them at people. These were not birds you shoo away, unless you also wanted your hand shredded into bloody flesh confetti. Again, Hercules had to deal with these guys as the sixth of his Twelve Labors, with help from a rattle made by the god Hephaestus, which scared them into taking off from the swamp they lived in, allowing Herc to shoot them down. Hey, they were deadly birds, but they were still birds.

One of the most fascinating mix-n'-match monsters of Greek mythology, the Chimera had three heads, but only one of them was on its neck. The torso and main head was that of a lion. Then for some reason there was goat's head sticking out of its back. Then, for a tail, it had a snake — no, not a snake tail, just a snake, with its head as the tip. Also, it breathed fire, because why not. It was this strange ability that actually did it in the hero Bellerophon threw spear with a tip of lead into its mouth when the Chimera breathed its fire, the lead melted it inside, killing it. Just seeing the Chimera was an omen of some kind of horrible disaster, most often some sort of volcanic eruption.

6) Ichthyocentaurs

You know centaurs, obviously — the half-men, half-horse people who populate countless Greek myths. These guys were built like centaurs, except the back half of the horse part was actually the back half of a fish. They were like mermaids that had part of a horse grafted into the middle of them. They were actually pretty chill horse-fish-men, especially compared to their wild, hotheaded centaur brothers. They also pretty much had the powers of Aquaman, so that's cool.

The big daddy of mythological Greek monsters — literally! It was literally the father of most of them. The last child of the primordial goddess Gaea, Typhon was as tall as the stars and his arm-span was from "east to west" sources differ as to whether Typhon had a hundred dragon head on his neck or one giant human head (and dragon heads for fingers), but most agree that his body was covered in dragon wings and had hundreds of serpents for legs. Typhon could throw mountains at people he didn't like, and one person he didn't like was Zeus, the king of the gods. Typhon was so powerful he defeated Zeus and ripped out most of his muscles Zeus only recovered because Hermes stole his muscles back later.

8) The Minotaur

Compared to some of the monsters on this list, the Minotaur is practically boring — it's a dude with a bull head. Not exactly hard to wrap your mind around. But there's a reason the Minotaur has always been one of Greek mythology's most famous monsters, and that's because it was an instant classic — a hideous monster, hidden away in a labyrinth, whose sole purpose was to kill the sacrificial children that got dumped in there as a yearly tribute. The fact that the Minotaur was born when his mother, Queen Pasiphae, wanted to have sex with a bull so badly she made a metal cow costume she could hide in that the bull would mount, well… that's just the salacious icing to monstrously classic cake.

9) The Furies

When the Titan Cronus castrated his dad Uranus and tossed his penis into the sea, like one does, the droplets of the blood that hit the ground became the Furies. Being born of severed genitalia blood, you could reasonably expect the Furies were not in particularly good moods they spent their time finding people who had done wrong and tormenting them until they died horribly, primarily by whipping them repeatedly with their scourges. Admittedly, the Furies are more goddesses that outright monsters, but given that many stories depicted them as having dog's heads, snakes for hair, back wings and "coal black bodies", I was willing to make an exception.

10) The Hydra

Perhaps the most famous monster Hercules ever battled, and for good reason — defeating a dragon with nine heads would be memorable on anybody's list of achievements, but a dragon with nine heads who grew two heads every time one was cut off? Oh, and one of the head was immortal, but you didn't know which one? That's impressive. Besides all that, it's breath and blood were both insanely poisonous — even stepping in the tracks it left could kill you. That's insane. Hercules defeated the Hydra as only the second of his 12 Labors, cauterizing the neck stumps of the heads he cut off, before new heads could grow back. The immortal head? He just put a big ass rock on it.

11) The Sphinx

With the body of a lion and the head of a human being, the Sphinx is best known for asking riddles. We tend to forget that if you failed to answer the Sphinx's riddle, it would eat you alive. The Sphinx was more cruel than enigmatic, and in Greek mythology, it also had the wings of an eagle and a serpent for a tail, meaning it was yet another of Typhon and Echidna's horrible children. The Sphinx guarded the city of Thebesm which must have been a big problem for its tourism industry, until Oedipus finally answered its riddle and the Sphinx, in what was one of the greatest cases of sour grapes in history, either threw itself off a cliff or ate itself in bitterness at its defeat.

12) Manticore

The Manticore is very similar to its sibling monster the Sphinx it has a human head, a lion's body, and wings — bat wings instead of eagle wings, but still. What it lacks in riddle-asking it makes up for in having a scorpion's tail that can shoot poisonous spikes at people, like it's a boss in an ancient Greek videogame of some kind. Most terrifyingly, the Manticore had three rows of teeth in its human-like mouth, which frankly disturbs me to even write. But kids or no, you probably wouldn't want to mess with Echinda Hesiod described her as "half a nymph with glancing eyes and fair cheeks, and half again a huge snake, great and awful, with speckled skin", who "dies not nor grows old all her days." Especially during family get-togethers.

Compared to the other monsters on this list, Echidna sounds pretty normal — she was a snake woman. But since she chose Typhon has her lover, she had the distinction of giving birth to the most terrifying, horrible and dangerous monsters in the ancient Greek world, including Cerberus, the Hydra, the Nemelan Lion, Chimera, the Sphinx, several dragons, and even the eagle that Zeus set to eat Prometheus' liver every day in punishment for giving the gift of fire to humanity.


Demeter

Demeter is the goddess of harvest and grain. She always had a large following among human beings as she has the power to bless them with better harvest and agriculture.

Demeter has always been generous in providing a great harvest among mortals until her daughter, Persephone was abducted by Hades in the underworld. Demeter went into a state of immense gloom and sorrow resulting to unfavorable weather conditions causing the plants to wither and die.


10 Of The Most Popular Wolves In Mythology And Legends

1) Amarok

Amarok , also spelled as Amaroq in Inuit mythology, is a gray colored wolf (possibly a gray wolf?) of gigantic size.

The Amarok wolf is a monstrous wolf that hunts alone especially at night instead in packs like other wolves do. Tribal chieftains, northern hunters, and rural warriors were some of the worshippers of Amarok.

However, Amarok is most famous for a particular story where he gives strength to a young boy who lived in a village and was hated by all the people living there. He cried out to the “Lord of Strength” and Amarok appeared giving him the strength he wanted.

2) Asena

A Turkish tribe living in Central Asia have a myth that they were beaten by an enemy but only one 10-year-old boy survived the attack. However, a blue she-wolf appeared and took this boy along and fed him with meat and helped raise him.

Afterwards, this boy mates with the she-wolf and they have 10 male cubs: half-human, half-wolf boys. One of them is named “Asena” and he is the founder of the Ashina Clan.

3) Fenrir

In the Norse mythology, Fenrir is known as the monstrous wolf or a terrible monster which has an appearance just like a wolf.

Fenrir was among three sons of the god Loki and Angrboda. He was the most dangerous of wolves and was chained up by the gods after many unsuccessful attempts. The gods eventually asked some dwarves to help. They created a magical ribbon that could hold Fenrir.

They bound him but not before one of the gods, Tyr, lost his hand in the struggle.

Fenrir is undoubtedly one of the most feared and popular of wolves in mythology.

4) Romulus and Remus

Romulus and Remus were royal twin brothers nursed by a she-wolf.

Roman mythology says that Rome was founded by Romulus after killing Remus. Romulus was also the first king of Rome.

5) Geri and Freki

Odin With Geri And Freki And The Two Ravens (Courtesy: Carl Emil Doepler in 1882, Public Domain

Another account from Norse mythology is that of Geri and Freki. They were two wolves asked to accompany Odin .

The legend goes that Odin was bored of traveling alone around the world and for this reason he created two wolves named Geri and Freki. Odin came to love them dearly.

However, the two wolves quickly populated the Earth with their offspring.

To avoid difficulty in feeding the many wolves, Odin also created Hugin and Munin, two ravens, to help them find food. In return, the wolves shared their prey with the ravens. To date, you’ll often find ravens hanging around wolves to share their leftovers.

The names Geri and Freki mean “the ravenous one” and “the greedy one.”

6) Skol And Hati

According to the Norse mythology, Skoll and Hat i are brothers that chase the sun and the moon. Interestingly, they are both sons of Fenrir.

Day and night they pursue the moon and sun. The legend goes that one day, at the time of Ragnarok, they will catch and devour the moon and sun. Therefore, the earth will be plunged into endless winter such as the world has never seen before.

During that time, the earth will tremble and all the monsters the gods ever imprisoned will escape and be unleashed on the Earth.

7) Wepwawet

The people of Upper Egypt worshiped Wepwawet as an ancient Wolf God and he is still famous throughout Egypt.

The meaning of Wepwawet is “Opener of the ways.” He was extremely strong and in fact, more powerful than other gods at the time. According to mythology, Wepwawet was the one who partitioned the earth from the sky.

Wepwawet, or Upuat, is highly regarded and referred to as: God of War, Guardian of the Deceased, Protector of Pharaoh, Protector of the Egyptian Army, etc.

8) Morrighan

The stories of the Ulster cycle, talk about the Celtic warrior goddess Morrighan.

She is often portrayed as a wolf and at other times a cow. She was linked to fertility and land but before then, she represented sovereignty and kingship.

9) Lycaon

Some Greek tribes tell the tale of the king of Arkadia named Lycaon.

He tried to test Zeus by offering him the flesh of his sacrificed son, Nyctimus. However, Zeus rejected it and transformed Lycaon and his remaining children into wolves as punishment. Despite several efforts, Lycaon and his sons never shifted back to humans.

Though Zeus did restore the sacrificed child to life.

10) Horkew Kamuy

On the island of Hokkaido, Northern Japan, the Ainu people regard Horkew Kamuy the wolf was an important god.

Horkew Kamuy is also referred to as the “Howling God” , “White Wolf God” , and “Lord Wolf God”. They also regard him as a divine spirit.

He lived on top of a mountain and often helped humans with their problems ranging from disease to other disasters like fire, etc. He would send a white wolf down to help them and in return they were to feed the wolf.

Also, they were not to harm his white wolves.

However, the humans did not keep their part of the agreement and in anger he decided to breed and send vicious werewolves to kill them. The only problem was that he needed a human bride to birth the werewolves.

Eventually, he got a bride but she was so beautiful that he fell in love with her. Their offspring became known as the Children of the White Wolf and they were peaceful, loving werewolves.


2. Griffin

An intimidating blend of two different predators, the griffin was said to possess the body and back legs of a lion as well as the wings, beak and talons of a hawk or eagle. Tales of the flying behemoths most likely originated in the Middle East, but they later became a popular motif in ancient Greek literature. The griffin legend was later picked up in the 14th century in a largely fictional travelogue by Sir John Mandeville, who described the creatures as “more strong than eight lions” and 𠇊 hundred eagles.” Griffins were revered for their intelligence and dedication to monogamy—they supposedly mated for life𠅋ut they could also be ferocious. The beasts ripped flesh with their razor sharp talons, and they were also known to fly their victims to great heights before dropping them to their deaths. According to researcher Adrienne Mayor, legends of the griffin could be inspired by early encounters with dinosaur fossils. Scythian nomads in central Asia may have stumbled across the bones of the dinosaur protoceratops and mistook them for a bird-like creature, resulting in the myth of a terrifying flying beast.


Monsters in Greek Mythology

Ancient Greek mythology is full of fearsome and terrible monsters, which have inspired writers from Homer down to the modern day. According to most accounts, these monsters were the descendants of the horrid Typhon and Echidna, spawned beneath Mount Etna in Sicily. Here are just some of the many mythological creatures that haunted the imaginations of Ancient Greece. To learn more about the Greek monsters that fought with the mighty Heracles--the Lernaean Hydra,the Nemean Lion, and more--read our article on the Labors of Heracles.

Argus

Argusmay have had as many as one hundred eyes, which were located all over his body.Heraemployed him as a guard. He was killed byHermes. Afterward, Hera put Argus's eyes in the tail of the peacock, her favorite bird.

Cerberus

Cerberuswas a huge and powerful three-headed dog. He was owned byHades, god of the dead, who used the fearsome hound to guard the entrance to the underworld. In his final labor,Herculeswent to the underworld and kidnappedCerberus.

Cyclopes

Each of theCyclopeswas gigantic and had a single eye in the middle of its forehead. The Cyclopes made lightning and thunderbolts forZeusto use. The brutalPolyphemus, a Cyclops and a son of the sea godPoseidon, lived on an island, where he was blinded byOdysseusin the Odyssey.

Gorgons

TheGorgonswere horrifyingly ugly monsters who lived at the edge of the world. Their hair was made of serpents, and one look from a Gorgon's eyes would turn a man to stone. Athena aided the heroPerseusin killing the GorgonMedusaby beheading her while looking only at her reflection. From her severed neck sprang the winged horse Pegasus.

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Hydra

TheHydrawas a massive and poisonous serpent with nine heads. Every time one head was injured, another two grew in its place.Herculessought out the monster in its dark marsh and succeeded in destroying it.

Minotaur

The Minotaur was a man-eating monster with the head of a bull. KingMinoskept it hidden in a labyrinth (a maze) in Knossos, on the island of Crete, where he used it to frighten his enemies. He demanded a tithe of young men from Athens, who were fed to the minotaur. The Athenians were saved by the hero Theseus, who killed the Minotaur and escaped with the help of Minos's daughter Ariadne.

Scylla and Charybdis

The powerful sea monstersScyllaandCharybdislived together in a sea cave. Scylla had many fierce dog heads and ate sailors alive Charybdis created whirlpools by sucking in and spitting out seawater. BothJasonandOdysseussafely traveled by these monsters.

Sirens

TheSirenswere giant, winged creatures with the heads of women (not to be confused with harpies, another monster with the appearance of a bird woman). They lived on rocks on the sea, where their beautiful singing lured sailors to shipwreck. Odysseus filled his sailors' ears with wax so that they might sail safely past the Sirens.

Sphinx

The Sphinx was a large creature with the body of a lion and the torso of a beautiful woman. The Sphinx terrorized the city of Thebes, posing riddles to travelers in and out of the city and eating those that failed. The Sphinx was defeated by the hero Oedipus, a feat which set him on his tragic course as king of Thebes.


4. Prometheus

One of the most popular Titan gods, Prometheus is held in high esteem among the great benefactors of mankind. His father Iapetus was also a Titan but his mother was an Oceanid. Being the god of forethought, he foresaw the defeat of the Titans at the hands of the new Olympian gods and cleverly sided with the Olympians during the battle, thus escaping imprisonment at Tartarus along with the others.

Prometheus was then assigned the task of molding mankind out of clay. Once he was done creating mankind, he became rather attached to them, always worried for their welfare. This led him to cross paths with the mighty Zeus time and again since he did not care so much about humans. So when Zeus took away fire from mankind, Prometheus stole it from the heavens and gave it back to the humans. Zeus punished him for his treachery by chaining him to a rock where an eagle would eat his liver every day (his liver regenerated every night for he was immortal). Eventually, he was freed from his agony by the powerful demigod Hercules.


25 Greek Mythology Creatures

There is a lot of mysticism Greek Mythology Creatures. The problem is we do not know what they look like. Fortunately designers have been kind enough to draw a few pictures of what they look like. Here they are:

Centaurs: Half man and half horse. These mythical creatures were part of tale of Theseus in the course of their war against Lapiths. They were supposed to have attended Hippodamia’s wedding and having fallen for her attempted to nab her. She belonged to the Lapiths clan and they fought back along with Theseus to get rid of them.

Cerebrus : Is the dog with three heads that is guarding the entrance to the netherworld. He has been part of Greek as well as Roman mythology. Known to be born of Echidna a hybrid part female and part serpent and Typhon, Cerebrus is supposed to be the last challenge that Hercules had to face and capture alive with no weapons. The three heads are reputed to be past, present and future or the various stages of life, which actually come to the same thing.

Charybdis: She was either considered a whirlpool or a sea monster. According to the tales she is the daughter of sea god Poseidon and Earth Goddess Gaia. Because she had to consume enormous quantities of water everyday to fill the huge mouth instead of face , the resulting belch would result in whirlpools. In the story of Odysseus she was one of the challenges he had to face where she was on one side and Scylla, a hydra monster on the other side and he had to cross the channel with the ship touching neither.

Chimera: Is a being that is an amalgamation of goat, lion and a snake. Chimera shared the same parentage as Cerberus. Chimera is featured as being of female gender and having the capacity to spew fire. Chimera was supposed to have been killed by Bellerophin, a Greek hero along with Pegasus, yet another creature from Greek mythology. Pegasus could fly and this saved Belleroohin from being burned from the fire spewing from Chimera. A spear with lead helped kill Chimera in the end.

Cyclops : A monster with a single eye, cyclops were show as being giants. They were the makers of weaponry in Greek mythology for Zeua. They have been credited with making famous weapons like Hades’s helmet of darkness, Artemis’s bow, arrow of moonlight and Poseidon’s trident.

Empusa : A relatively less known character, she was supposed to be a demi-goddess born of a spirit Mormo and a Goddess Hecate. She is legendary for possessing long flaming hair along with feet of bronze. She feeds on the flesh and blood of men by seducing them in their slumber. She is not a vampire though and known to be the guardian of vital routes.

Erinyes: Reputed to be the entities of retribution they were supposed to have come to being from the blood of Uranus when he was castrated by Cronus. We do not know how many of them were there, but they could be identified by their snakes around their waist and tears of blood falling from their eyes. In Greek Mythology they make an appearance during the trial of Orestes for killing his sisters.

Gorgon: We all know Medusa as the one with serpents for hair, there were others known as Gorgons . There are many tales with regard to their origins and what they did. The three sister s Stheno, the mighty, Euryale the far springer and Medusa the queen were the most know . According to legend a look at Medusa’s face would turn the person looking into stone . Perseus was sent by King Polydectes to kill Medusa, hoping that Perseus would be killed. But using his shield provided by Athena the goddess of war to look at the reflection of Medusa, thus avoiding disaster, Perseus kills her. He presented it to Athena who used the head to convert Atlas into a stone mountain that then holds up earth and heaven.

Graeae : Sharing one mouth and one eye among themselves these three sisters born to Ceto and Phorcys. In truth sisters to the Gordons. Named Deino, Enyo and Pemphredo there is some confusions whether they were old hags or beautiful women. In the movie Clash of the Titans, these sisters gave directions to Perseus to reach the Gordons, by force when he took away their eye.

Griffin: Popularized by Harry Potter books, Griffin is a creature from Greek Mythology they are supposed to have the regal body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle. This clearly puts them in the royal category.

Harpy: They appear in the tale where Phineas was punished by Zeus for giving away the secret of Gods . Harpies are daughers of Electra and Thaumas . Their role in the punishment to Phineas was to steal the good food that surrounded him but he was unable to eat it. They did this till the arrival of Jason and Argonauts . They were driven away by Boreads who could fly.

Hippalectryon: Part horse and Part rooster, these creatures do not come up in many tales, but you can see these strange beings in the ceramics and sculptures related to Greek Mythology.

Hippocamps: Known to be the creatures that Poseidon rode, seahorses were called Hippocamps as per Greek Mythology.

Hydra: A snake with 9 heads, this has been featured in many movies. It is not a natural creature and known to have been raised to earth by the wife of Zeus, Hera. It was brought with the objective of killing Hercules. As part of his second labor Hercules was challenged to kill Hydra. With the ability to regrow heads, Hydra was difficult to slay until Hercules’s cousin Iolaus schemed to burn the stump once the head was cut off.

Lamia: Reputed to be the gorgeous queue of Libya she was converted to a man eating demon possessing of a snake tail. There are different versions of this tale of transformation. She was forced by Hera to consumer her own children which resulted in this transformation. Another legend suggests she was directly transformed by Hera.

Manticore: A being that looks like the Sphinx, this too has a human head and lion’s body. Part of both Persian and Greek Mythology the Manticore has different pictorial depictions with variations like wings and/or possessing the tail of a scorpion.

Minotaur: A being that is half man and half bull, there are only vague indications of this creature’s origins. According to the story, King of Crete, Minos prayed to Poseidon for help. Poseidon sent a white bull which had to be sacrificed. But Minos becomes attached to the bull and substituted it with another. Enraged Poseidon had a spell cast on Minos’s wife Pasiphae by the goddess of love, causing her to fall in love with the Cretan Bull. This love is consummated and Minotaur was the offspring of this union. Once it is revealed that Minotaur ate men for food, Minos had a special maze built for him by Daedalus. Minotaur was killed by Theseus when he volunteers to be killed on behalf of the citizens of Athens. But the love of Minos’s daughter for Theseus results in her helping him negotiate the maze. However on successfully killing Minotaur, Theseus picks the other daughter Phaedra to be his wife.

Ophiotaurus: Once again a relatively unknown creature who is known to possess the body of sea snake along with the head of a bull. Arising from the Chaos that give rise to mother of earth, Gaia, Ophitaurus is known to be very powerful. It is a common belief that this creature’s viscera can provide the power to overpower the gods.

Pegasus: Born of the blood of Medusa one of the Gordon sisters Pegasus is the horse with wings. Pegasus helped Bellepheron in killing Chimera, but Bellepheron died after falling off Pegasus’s back during their descent to Mount Olympus.

Satyr: Known to be half men and half goat these creatures represent passion and pleasures, though sometimes are shown to be having darker shades to them as well.

Sirens: Legendary creatures possessed of great beauty, Sirens used to draw Seamen to the cliffs and ultimately to their death using their voices. They are shown as creatures having either a fish or bird’s body. In the tale of Odysseus, he orders his men to cover their ears with wax so as to resist the call of the Sirens. But he falls prey to the call himself when the ship nears their hideout and implores his men to take him there. They ignore him and once the ship is away from the call of the Sirens he recovers his senses. The Sirens kill themselves by falling into the water.

Sphinx: With the wings of a bird, the head of a woman and the body of a lion, it seems to be related to Chimera and Cerberus. According to the tale, Sphinx guarded the road to Thebe. It would ask travelers the riddle “Which creature walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs in the evening?” All people who could answer this would be consumed by the Sphinx. Only Oedipus answered it correctly by saying “Man”. According the tale, Sphinx killed itself by eating itself or in other versions by bounding off a cliff on finally getting the right reply.

Stymphalian Birds: These comprised the 6th labor of Hercules. He was supposed to kill these birds which had an appetite for human flesh and beaks of steel, in the swamp. Hercules was aided by Hephaestus, the god of technology, who provided him with the means to divert and scare them with a rattle so that he could kill them with a arrow as the flew around.

Typhon: A really huge creature, the upper part of the body is human and the lower half had to two vipers that can stretch in all directions. He is reputed to be as tall as a mountain, this creature along with Echidna gave birth to monsters that include Chimera, Sphinx, Cerberus and more. In the war between Zeus and Gaia, Typhon almost managed to capture Zeus’s sinews, but he manages to release them. Later on he vanquishes Typhon and buried him under Mount Etna.