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.
Aww such a sad ending!ReplyDelete
Wow, I haven't read any mythology for years...this is interesting. Here from the A to Z!! Enjoy it!ReplyDelete
I'm really liking this re-introduction to mythology.ReplyDelete
The Gods didn't always play nice.ReplyDelete
Whatcha great story. I really enjoy Greek mythology and this is one story I had never read. Thanks for sharing!
Very interesting--didn't know about this one. Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyDelete
I guess he pushed hos luck too far.ReplyDelete
I love Greek mythology! I've studied it high school and I still love it! Do you know that there is a Japanese manga that speak of that? http://www.divertimento.it/fnts/divertimento/immagini/330x230/cover_pollon_1-11357829.JPGReplyDelete
Another great post Laura! I'm gonna love this month!ReplyDelete
Dani @ Entertaining Interests
Wow! I've never encountered this figured before, but I love all the stories involving Pegasus. Thanks for another great tale!ReplyDelete
So many of the stories of the gods show how they cruelly kept humans in their place. Thanks for sharing this.ReplyDelete
And that right there was a good lesson. Greed can really destroy the best of us. Loving your theme ;)ReplyDelete
I've never heard of this character...I've heard of Proteus, but not Bellerophontes.ReplyDelete
Great (and informative) post!
Dang, Olympians, why you gotta be so nasty?ReplyDelete
Lesson of the day; don't ever think the gods will like you. They don't :)
Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom
Love mythology, but crippling the man for wanting to see Olympus -- excessive, unless his greed showed elsewhere in the stories, but not here.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing!
I remember reading this or hearing about it and loving it Laura, it's such an interesting story.ReplyDelete
Moody bunch those gods you can see why they fell out of favour . . . . .ReplyDelete
Well done again C U at C
Those Gods always are a bit much, aren't they? I hadn't heard this story before. Looking forward to more :)ReplyDelete
Wow! Great story. I'm learning a ton of new B words today - I didn't expect to see so much "off the wall" creation for the letter B. Enjoy the challenge, and please feel free to stop by http://www.deborahdera.com to see if I manage to keep up with this, too! :)ReplyDelete
God, I love mythology! it has so many life lessons, so much potential to be used in writing nowadays...ReplyDelete
Greek mythology is so interesting! Love this post and looking forward to more.ReplyDelete
I'd never heard this story before. Such a sad ending.ReplyDelete
What a great idea posting on this subject. Looking forward to reading more.ReplyDelete
Hi from the A-Z Challenge! I love how in mythology everyone always gets what's coming to them. ;)ReplyDelete
I loved Pegasus when I was a kid. Who can resist a beautiful flying horse, I ask you?ReplyDelete
Allison (Geek Banter)
Puts you right into their mystical world. I also used to love Pegasus, and had a dream once of a flying horse that flew in through my bedroom window, fluttering around like a bird. It was so colorful and great.ReplyDelete
I've been learning all day and I love it! This was a great story and a very creative take on the letter B. Great post!ReplyDelete
Love your theme for the A to Z challenge. I've always been fascinated by mythology of all kinds, so I'll definitely be back to learn. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for doing this.
Aww, poor little Pegasus getting stung like that! Great story.ReplyDelete
Part of that story reminds me of the original Clash of the Titans.ReplyDelete
I'm going to learn so much from your posts this month. ;)ReplyDelete
I'm also enjoying the re-introduction to mythology. There's so much cruelty, but the stories are very precise about human nature on a grand scale.ReplyDelete
That Zeus was definitely cruel. I love learning from your posts!ReplyDelete
Awesome! I am so going to enjoy following this blog! Thanks!ReplyDelete
I love coming here for my daily dose of mythology. Keep it coming!ReplyDelete
Jessica @ Visions of Other Worlds
Twitter: @jmarcarelli, #atozchallenge
Loved reading your mythology post :) I haven't read any of my Bulfinch's in a long while. I had forgotten how neat it is :)ReplyDelete