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Fearsome Creatures in Greek Mythology

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Fearsome Creatures

Centaurs
-they were known to be rude and disorderly
-Centaurs lived in the mountains of Thessaly and Arcadia
-Sons of Centaurus
-They were expelled from the mountains after a battle with the Lapiths
-Notorious for being drunk and savage
A group of Centaurs capture Professor Umbridge in
Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix
.
Cerberus
The Guardian of the Underworld
-Mostly depicted as having 3 heads, but some accounts show it had as many as 50
-The offspring of Typhon and Echidna
-Hercules' 12th and most difficult labour was to bring Cerberus to the surface
Modern Connections
In
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
, Harry, Hermione and Ron discover a Cerberus called Fluffy living in the castle.
Sirens

-His venom infected herbs such as Wolfsbane
-Music and food offerings calmed him
-Chiron was the only centaur that was wise and gentle
-They were half human and half horse
In the movie
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
, the main charcters meet the Sirens.
-They lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island
-Sirens were first represented as birds with large women's heads, bird feathers and scaly feet
-Many years later,they were described as female figures with the legs of birds and they usually had wings
-It was said that if someone heard their singing and escaped, they Sirens would die
-Their numbers vary but it is usually reported as between two and five.Some sources state that there were only three, Peisinoe, Aglaope, and Thelxiepeia
Works Cited
“Siren." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 5 Dec. 2013. Web. 15 Dec. 2013.


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Daly, Kathleen N. Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z. New York: Chelsea House, 1992. Print.
“Hydra." Theoi Greek Mythology. Aaron J. Atsma, 2011. Web. 15 Dec. 2013.


"Centaur (Greek Mythology)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2013.
"CENTAURS : Half-Horse Men of Thesssaly." Theoi Greek Mythology. Aaron J. Atsma, 2011. Web. 15 Dec. 2013.

-They lived on an island called Sirenum Scopuli.
Hydra
- The offspring of Typhon and Echidna
-It lived in a swamp in the country of Lernae near Argos
-When one of it's head was chopped off, others grew back in its place
-Hercules' second labour was to kill the Hydra
-Hydra’s blood was venomous.
-The Hydra had a body of a snake or a dragon and had 3 to 9 heads
-After Hercules defeated the Hydra, Hera placed it in the sky as a constellation
In Greek Mythology
By:Zoe Rumleskie
Hercules battles the Hydra in the Disney movie
Hercules.
Fun Facts
Cerberus is female!
The Centaurs pulled the wine god Dionysus' chariot and was ridden by Eros, the god of love.
The Hydra's middle head is immortal.
"Sirens :: World Mythology." Kidzworld. Kidzworld, 2013. Web. 03 Jan. 2014.

The Hydra and Cerberus are siblings.
Female Centaurs are called Centaurides!
Starbucks uses a Siren in it's logo...
-He had a hound body and a snake tail
"Cerberus in Greek Mythology." Gods and Mosters. Royal Mint Publisher, 2011. Web. 04 Jan. 2014.
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