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CHRYSAOR

Also known as CHRYSAEOR

Born from a rather unfortunate coming together of Medusa and Poseidon, Chrysaor was the twin of Pegasus and sometimes known as Chieftain of the golden sword.

The problem with having nookie in a temple, apart from the whole etiquette issue, is the negative effect it has on the resident deity's demeanor. In this case Athena frowned so hard upon Medusa's nobbling at the hands (and other bits!) of Poseidon that the previously beautiful maiden's hair turned into a mass of snakes, and she became a grotty gorgon with looks that could kill... literally.

Just as unfortunate was a pregnancy that seemed to last for centuries, in fact she didn't actually give birth until Perseus cut off her head and Chrysaor and Pegasus fell out of the neck stump.

No-one really knows what Chrysaor looks like. He might be a giant, or a flying bear, or possibly a giant flying bear, some even say he is a handsome mortal which is the most far fetched theory of all. Given his parents it's a pretty safe bet that he was messed up.

Chrysaor married Callirhoe, the daughter of Oceanos and Tethys, and fathered the three headed Geryon, not a particularly merry-one, who was herdsman of the aptly named Geryon cattle. He may have fathered Echidna too but i'm sure Ceto and Phorcys will have something to say about that.
Family Tree ...
Parents : Poseidon & Medusa
Spouse : Callirhoe
Offspring : Geryon
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'CHRYSAOR' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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