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Chimera


The Chimera is a hideous, fire-breathing monster, with the head of a lion, the head of a goat protruding from its back, and a serpent’s tail.

Chimera
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The Chimera was a hideous creature, the sister of Hydra and Cerberus. She ravaged the countryside of Lycia, burning everything in her wake and eating charred bits of innocent people, until King Iobates called on the hero Bellerophon to help them. Bellerophon went into the countryside and found a survivor who told him what the beast looked like. Then, he prayed to Athena, who told him that he first had to go and get the Pegasus before going after the Chimera. Bellerophon waited at the rock of Corinth for the horse and managed to catch him using a special bit and bridle that Athena gave him. He took the Pegasus back to the countryside, sweeping over mountains until he found the Chimera. He killed her with a spear as the Pegasus soared around her; her blood was green. Eventually, she became nothing more than a smoldering pile of goo. Bellerophon was later permanently maimed when he rode the Pegasus back to Olympus, and in his excitement, he reared back, throwing Bellerophon back to Earth.

Chimera is said in some versions of the myths to be the mother of the Sphinx; in other versions, they are sisters.


Chimera Quick Reference

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Typhon and Echinda


Attributes and Symbols

Fire-breathing, with the head of a lion, the body of a goat with the head of a goat protruding from its back, and a serpent’s tail


Notable Myths

  • Bellerophon

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