Bellerophon

Mythical Figure

Born: ?
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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