15 Facts About Pegasus


Pegasus is a winged divine stallion usually depicted as pure white in color.

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Pegasus was sired by Poseidon, in his role as horse-god, and foaled by the Gorgon Medusa.

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Pegasus was the brother of Chrysaor, born at a single birthing when his mother was decapitated by Perseus.

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Pegasus is the creator of Hippocrene, the fountain on Mount Helicon.

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Pegasus was captured by the Greek hero Bellerophon, near the fountain Peirene, with the help of Athena and Poseidon.

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Pegasus allowed Bellerophon to ride him in order to defeat the monster Chimera, which led to many more exploits.

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Pegasus is the subject of a very rich iconography, especially through the ancient Greek pottery and paintings and sculptures of the Renaissance.

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The proponents of this etymology adduce the role of Pegasus, reported as early as Hesiod, as the bringer of thunderbolts to Zeus.

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Michael Brown, who has been studying ancient and medieval Greek poetry in the context of the Greek-North European dialogue, has concluded from his studies that the word Pegasus is a pre-Celtic-PIE word, one that did not evolve into one of the numerous common names listed in both Greek and Western languages.

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Hesiod relates how Pegasus was peacefully drinking from a spring when the hero Bellerophon captured him.

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Pegasus aided the hero Bellerophon in his fight against the Chimera.

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The next morning, still clutching the bridle, Bellerophon found Pegasus drinking at the Pierian spring, caught him, and eventually tamed him.

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Michaud's Biographie universelle relates that when Pegasus was born, he flew to where thunder and lightning are released.

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Pegasus became a common element in British heraldry, appearing chiefly as a supporter or a crest.

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Bellerophon mounted on Pegasus fighting the Chimera, side A from an Attic red-figure pelike.

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