Birthplace: Ancient Greece
Best known as: The man who tamed Pegasus
A tragic hero of Greek myth, Bellerophon is best known as the man who tamed the winged horse Pegasus
. Together the two slew the nasty monster Chimera and performed other great deeds. Bellerophon's story ended badly: his ego grew so great that he determined to fly up to heaven on Pegasus to join the immortal gods. Pegasus threw his rider (some say after a bite from a gadfly sent by Zeus) and Bellerophon spent the rest of his days wandering Earth, rejected by gods and men.
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