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(Greek Mortal) BELLEROPHON

Adventure-mad son of King Glaucus of Corinth.

He upset the King of Lycia who had a nasty habit of disposing of those he took a disliking to, but luckily Belepheron was a guest in his house and the laws of hospitality forbade outright murder. Instead he sent the starry eyed young lad off to kill Chimaera, a task the king thought would be fatal.

Little did he know that Bellerophon would pray help from Athena, and a divine visitation would leave him in possesion of a golden bridal, some foolproof tactics and instrutions to go and mount Pegasus.

Some crafty mid-air maneuvress left Chimaera with the sun in his eyes and Belepheron at his side in no time, and before the beast could think 'face full of flames' he had a spear jammed in his gullet. His death breath melted the spears lead head which oozed down his throat and his internal organs were toast.

Bellerophon went on to to win many battles on Pegasus but as his fame grew his modesty shrunk and taking the liberty of flying to the top of Olympus proved a near fatal error. Zeus took offence and sent a gadfly to sting pegasus, Bellerophon fell to earth, ended up horribly lame and dragged out the remainder of his life as a beggar. Let this be a lesson to you... keep your ego in check.
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'BELLEROPHON' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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