B is for Bellerophontes
|Taken from here|
The King decided to ask Bellerophontes to kill the Chimera, a monster with the head of a lion and the tail of a dragon, that was terrorising their village at night, knowing that he would not survive the task. Bellerophontes, eager for adventure, was excited at this, and went to a wise man for some advice. This man told him that he would need the help of the winged horse Pegasus, and told him to spend the night in the temple of the goddess Athena, offering gifts in exchange for her help.
Athena came to his dreams with a golden bridle, and showed Bellerophontes the location of the well that Pegasus drank from. When he awoke, the golden bridle was laid beside him.
Bellerophontes went to the well and captured Pegasus, and they worked together to kill the Chimera. Bellerophontes was awarded the King's daughter as a wife for completing his task, and succeeded the King after his death.
However, Bellerophontes was restless, and craved more adventure. He decided to ride Pegasus to Mount Olympus, to visit the gods. Furious at his greed, Zeus sent a gadfly to sting Pegasus, who threw his rider, causing him to fall to the ground.
Bellerophontes spent the rest of his life crippled and alone, searching for the steed he lost because of his own greed, while Pegasus lived out his life on Mount Olympus, loyal to Zeus.