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Mythical Creatures - Monsters and Beasts From Greek Mythology

Beasts, monsters, and monstrous figures from ancient Greek mythology and legends.

The giant Argus had 100 eyes.

Cannibals in Greek Mythology
Cannibalism in Greek mythology occasionally manifests itself when someone's children are served up at a dinner feast.

Cerberus - 3-Headed Hound of Hades
Cerberus was the 3-headed hound of Hades.

Echidna is described by Hesiod as a part-snake monster who gave birth to most of the monsters of Greek mythology.

Harpies & The Golden Fleece
In the story of the Argonauts, the blind king Phinease laments his fate: "Never do I strive to put food to my lips but these foul things, the Harpies, the Snatchers, swoop down and scatter or devour what I would eat. Crumbs they leave me that my life may not altogether go from me, but these crumbs they make foul to my taste and my smell."

Hermes Argeiphontes
Picture showing why Hermes is Hermes Argeiphontes.

Medusa - Pictures of Medusa
Medusa - Pictures of Medusa

Medusa - The Gorgon Medusa
Medusa is known for her snaky-hair and her ability to turn men into stone. Medusa is one of three sisters, the Gorgons, daughters of Phorcys and Keto.

Monsters and Mythical Creatures Defeated by Hercules
Hercules was renowned for defeating monsters who plagued the countryside. His conquests included the Nemean Lion, the Lernean Hydra, the Erymanthian Boar, the Stymphalian Birds, the Cretan Bulls, and the man-eating Mares of Diomedes.

Monsters From Greek Mythology
Monsters in Greek mythology usually destroy people or ravage the countryside, although at least the Harpies simply wreck people's lives. Here is a collection of graphics showing some of the major monsters of Greek mythology as they have been portrayed in art or illustrations.

Scylla was once something else, possibly a beautiful young woman, but she turned into an obstacle for the heroes to overcome on their sea voyages.

Whatever makes a monster in mythology includes luring innocent men to their death, which is what the Sirens did in the Odyssey. The Sirens also count as monsters beause they may have been half bird and half human.

The sphinx is known more from ancient Egypt, but has a prominent place in the story of Oedipus as the riddler.

The Unicorn in Greece and Rome
Ancient Greco-Roman sources on the unicorn.

Scylla was originally a woman who was turned by Circe into a monster who destroyed all who passed through the strait of Messina, between Italy and Sicily.

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