The Chimera is a huge fire breathing
monster that has the head of a lion, the body of a dragon, and the hind
legs of a goat. According to Greek mythology; the Chimera ravaged the Greek
city of Lycia until it was slayed by the prince of Corinth, Bellerophon
The people of Lycia were terrified
of this immense beast. It captured and killed everyone in its path with
its deadly fire breath. In fact, the fire that came from its mouth was
so hot, it blackened and scorched the hills and valleys around the city.
During this time, the handsome prince of Corinth, Bellerophon was visitIng
the nearby city of Argos and committed a crime of improper conduct against
the king of Argos's wife. Despite this crime, the prince was well loved
by the people of Argos and so the king sent him to King lohates of Lycia
for punishment rather than punishing the prince himself. King lohates, however, did not
want to take responsibility for harming Bellerophon. Instead, he sent the
prince out on a heroic, but almost impossible, task to kill the ferocious
Chimera. The king felt confident that Bellerophon would never return alive.
did not fear his punishment. He had always enjoyed a challenge and was
pleased at the thought of such a great adventure. But he knew that in order
to conquer the Chimera, he needed the help of the great white winged horse
Pegasus. When Bellerophon spotted the horse drinking from a nearby
pond, he quietly approached it and gently asked for its help. Pegasus knelt
down, and Bellerophon placed a bridle over the horse's head. Then the two
rode up through the clouds in search of the Chimera.
Just as the
sun began to set, they spotted the monster standing on a pile of jagged
rocks, when it saw Bellerophon and Pegasus approaching from above, it jumped
and kicked, hissed and roared, as its long, slithery tail snapped against
Pegasus swooped down toward the Chimera while Betlerophon
fitted an arrow to his bow. Beflerophon then readied his aim and shot the
arrow deep into the monster's side. Next, he stuffed lead into the weakened
Chimera's month. The lead melted from the Chimera's fiery breath and trickled
down inside the creature's body, where it hardened and killed the beast.
Bellerophon returned victorious to King lobates. Free for the first time
from the threat of the Chimera, the people of Lycia were relieved. The
king forgave the prince his crimes and offered Bellerophon his daughter's
hand in marriage.