The dreaded Chimera took up residence in Caria, one of Greece’s neighbors and trade partners. Great havoc did it cause, killing and terrorizing the area. As his people (and economy, no doubt) were suffering, the ruler of neighboring Lycia at the time, King Iobates, wished to put an end to it. Soon, as luck would have it, a gallant young […]
Werewolf – Lycanthropy Lycanthropy comes from the Greek lykoi, “wolf” and anthropos, “man” The legend of the werewolf is one of the most ancient and wide spread. Stories of werewolves can be found as far back as history has been written. These shapeshifter myths can be found all over the word from China to Iceland […]
Perhaps one of the best known mythological stories involves Hercules and his 12 Labors. For the final and most difficult labor, King Eurytheus asked Hercules to bring him Cerberus from the Underworld to prove his strength and fearlessness. To King Eurytheus this seemed an impossible task. Cerberus was a fearsome hellhound monster, not easily bested. While many spirits […]
Chiron (Pronounced Kai-RON/ˈkaɪrən/; also Cheiron or Kheiron; Greek: Χείρων “hand”) was a centaur, but unlike other centaurs, he was directly descended from the titan Cronus. Cronus had disguised himself as a horse to seduce Philyra (an Oceanid sea nymph) so his wife Rhea would not discover the affair. As an interesting side note, Rhea was also Cronus’ sister.
Cerberus was a three-headed hellhound (the poet Hesiod claimed he had 50) with snake-like extremities, a snake for a tail and the claws of a lion. In Greek and Roman mythology, Cerberus was said to have been the offspring of two monsters, Typhon (a fire-breathing serpent) and Echidna (commonly portrayed as an odd juxtaposition of beautiful woman […]
Centaurs, as most often stated in Greek mythological texts, were the offspring of Ixion (son of Ares, God of War), and Nephele (the cloud made in the image of Hera). These amazing creatures had the body of a man from the waist and above, but the body of a horse from the withers to the hindquarters. […]