Pegasus

The myth tells of young Hipponous, son of Glauco king of Corinth, who managed to capture the winged horse Pegasus, born from the blood that sprang from the head of Medusa killed by Perseus. With the help of Athena-Minerva, who gave him a bridle of gold, he was able to subdue him. One day hunting he accidentally killed his brother and took the name of Bellerophon, killer of Bellero. To atone for his guilt he went away and was a guest of the king Proteus and queen Antea who fell in love with him, forcing him to leave. He was sent off with a secret message asking King Iobates to kill Bellerophon but the king decided instead to have him do battle against the Chimera, a monster with a lion’s head in Lycia. He managed to kill it and proud of the success he tried to climb Olympus. Jupiter punished his rashness by having Pegasus stung by a gadfly thus unseating Bellerophon. Pegasus continued to rise in the sky until he turned into a constellation. Representation adapted from the ancient mosaic of the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes. By Luigi Pilcher.
Pegasus

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