The Legend of Pegasus
The symbolism of Greek Mythology is second to none.
We all remember Medusa,
Perseus, Athena, Mount Olympus and of course, Pegasus,
the white winged stallion, carrier of Zeus' thunderbolts.
This is the legend of Pegasus, the winged white stallion, bred from the love of Poseidon,
God of the sea, for the beautiful, yet ill-fated virgin, Medusa, caretaker of Athena's
Poseidon, so taken with Medusa's beauty, seduced her within the walls of Athena's temple.
Angered by this offense, Athena, unable to punish Poseidon, turned her vengeance on Medusa
and transformed her into a horrible monster with serpents for hair and a face so gruesome
sight of it turned any living creature to stone. She was sent to the isle of the Gorgons
to isolate her from the rest of the world.
The Greek Hero Perseus, son of Zeus and Danae, was sent to decapitate Medusa. He accomplished this by
reflecting her image in his mirrored shield, thus never looking directly at her, and with
one stroke of his sword, cut off Medusa's head. Out of Medusa's severed neck Pegasus
Pegasus then flew to Mount Helicon where the nine Muses found and cared for the
was the most beautiful creature that the Ancient World had seen.
After a few years, Athena found out of Pegasus and gave
the Greek Hero, Bellerophon, a golden bridle to tame Pegasus. While Pegasus was drinking
from a stream, Bellerophon approached him from behind and threw the bridle over his head.
Once bridled and tamed, Bellerophon mounted Pegasus and they became as one, best friends
in the world. Pegasus and Bellerophon galloped over land and sea faster than the wind.
While riding Pegasus, Bellerophon knew no bounds; he even went on to conquer Chimera, the
dreaded three-headed beast, part lion, goat and serpent.
Bellerophon, now arrogant with his successes, attempted to fly Pegasus up to Mount Olympus
to join the gods. Zeus punished Bellerophon's insolence by having a horsefly sting
Pegasus, causing Bellerophon to fall from his steed and come crashing back to Earth.
Alone Pegasus flew to Olympus where the winged horse was welcomed and became the carrier
of Zeus' thunderbolts. In honor of Pegasus and
his service to the gods, Zeus set the constellation of the winged horse in the Earth's
The constellation Pegasus lies between Pisces and Andromeda. The northeast corner of the
"Great Square of Pegasus" is shared with the constellation Andromeda: delta
Pegasus was given to Andromeda to provide her with a head.
So goes the legend of Pegasus!
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