This page explores some of the pegasus mythology. Pegasus was the winged horse in mythology, and as an artist and a history nut, I couldn't resist the research.
The story begins with Pegasus being born.
In Greek Mythology he was a wild flying horse of great beauty.
He was born when Medusa a Gorgon, or an evil goddess was slain by Perseus.
Instead of hair her head was covered with serpents. That head was cut off and the blood flowed from her body down into the foam of the sea.
At that point the God Poseidon mingling the blood and the sea foam created a beautiful white horse with wings.
The beauty of this winged-horse has been remembered for many centuries.
Athena the goddess of beauty tamed the wild beast and created a golden bridle to pass on to a young man who was half human and half a god.
Athena had come to Bellerophon in a dream after the young man had seen Pegasus in a beautiful meadow and had wished to be able to ride him.
Athena said in the dream, "What man swears cannot be done, cannot be hoped for".
Well, she did give the magic bridle to Bellerophon and he was able to tame the beautiful white-winged horse.
The young man was named Bellerophon and enjoyed riding Pegasus having many adventures with him.
He would go down in history or Mythology as having slayed a great monster named Chimera and was noted to have ridden the beautiful Pegasus while doing so.
Bellerophon had one fatal flaw and that was that he wanted to be a full-blooded god.
He made the mistake of trying to force him to fly him up to the mountain of Olympus, which was out of bounds to any mortal.
This angered Zeus the king of all the gods and he ordered Pegasus to throw him off his back.
He did so, and the story goes that Bellerophon was either thrown to his death, or caught by another god and therefore saved, but had to live out his life on the ground like other mortals.
This is obviously a story with a moral built in. Bellerophon's pride got the better of him causing his ego to become his downfall.
Once this happened Pegasus was able to fly quite unhindered wherever he wanted and he flew to a mountain top where the nine muses were singing.
In this heavenly realm he was known to have stomped on the mountain creating a wonderful surge of water. This surge of water was forever known as the Hippocrene or the fountain of the horse.
Due to the fact that this fountain was enjoyed by all the muses it was considered to be a fountain of creativity, particularly symbolizing the creative juices of poetry.
So not only is he remembered for his beauty, but also as an inspiration for the arts with particular emphasis on poetry.
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