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For ither uises, see Pegasus (disambiguation).
Bellerophon ridin Pegasus (1914)
MoontMt. Olympus
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ParentsPoseidon an Medusa
Roman equivalentPegasus

Pegasus (Auncient Greek: Πήγασος, Pḗgasos; Latin: Pegasus, Pegasos) is ane o the best kent creaturs in Greek meethology. He is a weenged divine stallion an aa kent as a horse uisually depictit as pure white in colour. He wis sired bi Poseidon, in his role as horse-god, an foaled bi the Gorgon Medusa.[1] He wis the brither o Chrysaor, born at a single birthin when his mither wis decapitatit bi Perseus. Greco-Roman poets write aboot his ascent tae heiven efter his birth an his obeisance tae Zeus, keeng o the gods, wha instructit him tae bring lichtnin an thunner frae Olympus. Friend o the Muses, Pegasus is the creator o Hippocrene, the foontain on Mt. Helicon. He wis capturt bi the Greek hero Bellerophon near the foontain Peirene wi the help o Athena an Poseidon. Pegasus allaes the hero tae ride him tae defeat a monster, the Chimera, afore realisin mony ither exploits. His rider, houever, faws off his back tryin tae reach Moont Olympus. Zeus transformed him intae the constellation Pegasus an placed him up in the sky.

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  1. Medusa, in her archaic centaur-lik form. She appears in the incised relief on a mid-7t century BCE vase frae Boeotia at the Louvre (CA795), illustratit in John Boardman, Jasper Griffin and Oswyn Murray, Greece and the Hellenistic World (Oxford University Press) 1988, fig p 87.