The Creatures of Greek Mythology

In Greek mythology, Centaurs (or Kentauroi) are half-man, half horse creatures that inhabited the mountains and forests of Thessaly. Centaurs were said to be primal, existing in tribes and making their homes in caves, hunting wild animals and arming themselves with rocks and tree branches. There are many origin myths surrounding centaurs; one is that Centaurus, the offspring of King Ixion, mated with the cloud nymph, Nephele whom a jealous Zeus created in the likeness of Hera. They spawned centaurs and left them on Mount Pelion where the daughters of the immortal centaur Chiron nursed them.
Chimaera displayed the features of several different animals. Early Greek writers believed she possessed the head of a fire-breathing lion. A goat’s head arose from her back. Her tail ended in the head of a serpent. In many respects, the ferocious Chimaera combined several fearsome animal attributes. She embodies the strength of a lion, the intelligence of a goat and the cunning of a snake.
The Cyclops were giant; one-eyed Monsters; a wild race of lawless creatures who possess neither social manners nor fear of the Gods. Cyclopes means ‘round eye.’ Considered the sons of Uranus and Gaea they were the workmen of the God HEPHAESTUS whose workshop was in the heart of the volcanic mountain Etna. According to Homer’s Odysseus where he introduced likely the most famous Cyclops, Polyphemus, Cyclopes were the sons of Poseidon, not Gaea. Homer described the Cyclopes as wild savages, who abstained from agriculture and laws other than every man for himself.
Pegasus is a mythological creature described as a beautiful, pure white stallion with wings. He was born from the blood of Medusa, a frightful Gorgon whose gaze could turn men to stone, when the hero Perseus decapitated her. His twin brother of Chrysaor, who is depicted as a human, was born at the same time. Both Pegasus and Chrysaor are sons of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. The moment Pegasus was born he flew to Mount Olympus and placed himself in the service of the chief God, Zeus. For a time, he lived among the gods and bore Zeus’ thunderbolt. Other tales claim that Pegasus served Eos, the goddess of the dawn.
Medusa was a beautiful maiden with golden hair.She vowed to be celibate her entire life as a priestess of Athena until she fell in love with Poseidon. She went against her vow and married him. For this Athena punished her hideously. She turned Medusa into an ugly creature by making her eyes bloodshot and raging and her face haglike. The once lovely hair was morphed into poisonous, dangerous snakes. Her pure white milky skin turned a scary green hue. From then on she roamed, shamed, shunned and loathed by everyone.