The Chimera ( Greek : Χίμαιρα, Khimaira , from χίμαρος, khimaros , "she-goat") according to Greek mythology , is a monstrous creature that was composed of several different animals. The chimera is only one of several famous mythological hybrids. As with all mythical creatures, there is the question of its origin. In some traditions, the Chimera was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and sister of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra . However, the chimera does not appear to have an existence in physical reality, save for the individual animals from which it is composed.

The most common description of the chimera comes from Homer 's Illiad , in which the creature is said to have the head of a lion , the body of a goat , and tail of a snake . It is also believed to breath fire and be female, despite the mane adorning the lions head. The chimera was said to be incredibly vicious and powerful, especially since as one single creature, it possessed the abilities of three separate animals.

The Chimera ( Greek : Χίμαιρα, Khimaira , from χίμαρος, khimaros , "she-goat") according to Greek mythology , is a monstrous creature that was composed of several different animals. The chimera is only one of several famous mythological hybrids. As with all mythical creatures, there is the question of its origin. In some traditions, the Chimera was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and sister of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra . However, the chimera does not appear to have an existence in physical reality, save for the individual animals from which it is composed.

The most common description of the chimera comes from Homer 's Illiad , in which the creature is said to have the head of a lion , the body of a goat , and tail of a snake . It is also believed to breath fire and be female, despite the mane adorning the lions head. The chimera was said to be incredibly vicious and powerful, especially since as one single creature, it possessed the abilities of three separate animals.

Bellerophon ( / b ə ˈ l ɛr ə f ən / ; Greek : Βελλεροφῶν ) or Bellerophontes ( Βελλεροφόντης ) is a hero of Greek mythology . He was "the greatest hero and slayer of monsters, alongside Cadmus and Perseus , before the days of Heracles ", [1] and his greatest feat was killing the Chimera , a monster that Homer depicted with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail: "her breath came out in terrible blasts of burning flame." [2] Bellerophon was born at Corinth and was the son of the mortal Eurynome by either her husband Glaucus , or Poseidon .

One possible etymology that has been suggested is: Βελλεροφόντης from βέλεμνον, βελόνη, βέλος ("projectile, dart, javelin, needle, arrow, bullet") and -φόντης ("slayer") from φονεύω ("to slay"). However, Geoffrey Kirk says that "Βελλεροφόντης means 'slayer of Belleros'". [3] Belleros could have been a Lycian, a local daimon or a Corinthian nobleman—Bellerophon's name "clearly invited all sorts of speculation". [3]

Enough fragments of Euripides ' lost tragedy, Bellerophontes , remain embedded as some thirty quotations in surviving texts to give scholars a basis for assessing its theme: the tragic outcome of his attempt to storm Olympus on Pegasus. An outspoken passage—in which Bellerophon seems to doubt the gods' existence from the contrast between the wicked and impious, who live lives of ease, with the privations suffered by the good—is apparently the basis for Aristophanes ' imputation of " atheism " to the poet. [24]

The Chimera, in mythology, is a Greek monster with the body and head of a lion with a snake for a tail and a fire-breathing goat head coming from its back.  Different versions of Chimera mythology have slightly different descriptions, such as wings on the back or the back legs of a snake, but most follow the description above.

No matter how you describe it, the Chimera is the daughter of Greek monster gods Typhon and Echidna , which means its siblings include other famous Greek monsters such as The Sphinx, Cerberus , and Ladon.

Merely seeing the Chimera was a bad omen.  The Greek monster regularly appeared before disasters such as shipwrecks, violent storms, and volcanic eruptions.

The most famous moment involving the Chimera in Greek mythology is when the Greek hero Bellerophon, with the help of his trusty winged steed, Pegasus, killed the Chimera with a bow and arrow from the sky above.

1 (in Greek mythology) a fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail.

3 Biology
An organism containing a mixture of genetically different tissues, formed by processes such as fusion of early embryos, grafting, or mutation.

4 A cartilaginous marine fish with a long tail, an erect spine before the first dorsal fin, and typically a forward projection from the snout.

The Chimera ( Greek : Χίμαιρα, Khimaira , from χίμαρος, khimaros , "she-goat") according to Greek mythology , is a monstrous creature that was composed of several different animals. The chimera is only one of several famous mythological hybrids. As with all mythical creatures, there is the question of its origin. In some traditions, the Chimera was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and sister of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra . However, the chimera does not appear to have an existence in physical reality, save for the individual animals from which it is composed.

The most common description of the chimera comes from Homer 's Illiad , in which the creature is said to have the head of a lion , the body of a goat , and tail of a snake . It is also believed to breath fire and be female, despite the mane adorning the lions head. The chimera was said to be incredibly vicious and powerful, especially since as one single creature, it possessed the abilities of three separate animals.

Bellerophon ( / b ə ˈ l ɛr ə f ən / ; Greek : Βελλεροφῶν ) or Bellerophontes ( Βελλεροφόντης ) is a hero of Greek mythology . He was "the greatest hero and slayer of monsters, alongside Cadmus and Perseus , before the days of Heracles ", [1] and his greatest feat was killing the Chimera , a monster that Homer depicted with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail: "her breath came out in terrible blasts of burning flame." [2] Bellerophon was born at Corinth and was the son of the mortal Eurynome by either her husband Glaucus , or Poseidon .

One possible etymology that has been suggested is: Βελλεροφόντης from βέλεμνον, βελόνη, βέλος ("projectile, dart, javelin, needle, arrow, bullet") and -φόντης ("slayer") from φονεύω ("to slay"). However, Geoffrey Kirk says that "Βελλεροφόντης means 'slayer of Belleros'". [3] Belleros could have been a Lycian, a local daimon or a Corinthian nobleman—Bellerophon's name "clearly invited all sorts of speculation". [3]

Enough fragments of Euripides ' lost tragedy, Bellerophontes , remain embedded as some thirty quotations in surviving texts to give scholars a basis for assessing its theme: the tragic outcome of his attempt to storm Olympus on Pegasus. An outspoken passage—in which Bellerophon seems to doubt the gods' existence from the contrast between the wicked and impious, who live lives of ease, with the privations suffered by the good—is apparently the basis for Aristophanes ' imputation of " atheism " to the poet. [24]

The Chimera, in mythology, is a Greek monster with the body and head of a lion with a snake for a tail and a fire-breathing goat head coming from its back.  Different versions of Chimera mythology have slightly different descriptions, such as wings on the back or the back legs of a snake, but most follow the description above.

No matter how you describe it, the Chimera is the daughter of Greek monster gods Typhon and Echidna , which means its siblings include other famous Greek monsters such as The Sphinx, Cerberus , and Ladon.

Merely seeing the Chimera was a bad omen.  The Greek monster regularly appeared before disasters such as shipwrecks, violent storms, and volcanic eruptions.

The most famous moment involving the Chimera in Greek mythology is when the Greek hero Bellerophon, with the help of his trusty winged steed, Pegasus, killed the Chimera with a bow and arrow from the sky above.

The Chimera ( Greek : Χίμαιρα, Khimaira , from χίμαρος, khimaros , "she-goat") according to Greek mythology , is a monstrous creature that was composed of several different animals. The chimera is only one of several famous mythological hybrids. As with all mythical creatures, there is the question of its origin. In some traditions, the Chimera was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and sister of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra . However, the chimera does not appear to have an existence in physical reality, save for the individual animals from which it is composed.

The most common description of the chimera comes from Homer 's Illiad , in which the creature is said to have the head of a lion , the body of a goat , and tail of a snake . It is also believed to breath fire and be female, despite the mane adorning the lions head. The chimera was said to be incredibly vicious and powerful, especially since as one single creature, it possessed the abilities of three separate animals.

Bellerophon ( / b ə ˈ l ɛr ə f ən / ; Greek : Βελλεροφῶν ) or Bellerophontes ( Βελλεροφόντης ) is a hero of Greek mythology . He was "the greatest hero and slayer of monsters, alongside Cadmus and Perseus , before the days of Heracles ", [1] and his greatest feat was killing the Chimera , a monster that Homer depicted with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail: "her breath came out in terrible blasts of burning flame." [2] Bellerophon was born at Corinth and was the son of the mortal Eurynome by either her husband Glaucus , or Poseidon .

One possible etymology that has been suggested is: Βελλεροφόντης from βέλεμνον, βελόνη, βέλος ("projectile, dart, javelin, needle, arrow, bullet") and -φόντης ("slayer") from φονεύω ("to slay"). However, Geoffrey Kirk says that "Βελλεροφόντης means 'slayer of Belleros'". [3] Belleros could have been a Lycian, a local daimon or a Corinthian nobleman—Bellerophon's name "clearly invited all sorts of speculation". [3]

Enough fragments of Euripides ' lost tragedy, Bellerophontes , remain embedded as some thirty quotations in surviving texts to give scholars a basis for assessing its theme: the tragic outcome of his attempt to storm Olympus on Pegasus. An outspoken passage—in which Bellerophon seems to doubt the gods' existence from the contrast between the wicked and impious, who live lives of ease, with the privations suffered by the good—is apparently the basis for Aristophanes ' imputation of " atheism " to the poet. [24]

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