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The Story of Pegasus

In Greek mythology Pegasus was a beautiful, white, winged horse. He sprang from Medusa's body when her head was chopped off by the Greek hero, Perseus. Medusa was a Greek villain who had snakes as hair. Without a mother, Pegasus roamed free and wild.

While Pegasus was drinking from a well, Bellerophon managed to slip a golden bridle over Pegasus and capture the winged horse. The golden bridle had been a gift from Athena, the favorite daughter of Zeus and the Goddess of Wisdom. Bellerophon tamed Pegasus and used the horse during his adventures. One of these adventures was the slaying of Chimera. Chimera had the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a snake. It killed and ate humans. Many brave men had tried slaying Chimera on foot without any luck. Bellerophon used Pegasus to fly to the monster and kill it.

Bellerophon made the foolish decision to try and fly Pegasus to Mount Olympus (heaven, according to Greek mythology). Zeus, king of the Greek gods, quickly put a stop to Bellerophon by throwing him from Pegasus. Bellerophon survived the fall, but he was crippled. As for Pegasus, he made it into heaven where he spent his days carrying lightning bolts for Zeus. When the stars are out, you might be able to see the Pegasus constellation, which was named after him.