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Myth Monsters

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on 29 September 2011

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Transcript of Myth Monsters

Greek Monsters in Mythology Scylla and Charybdis Scylla
A beautiful nymph, loved by Glaucus.
Glaucus asked Cerce for a love potion
The jealous sorceress turned her into a monster instead.

Scylla’s Composition
Six Heads
Twelve Feet
Baying dogs about her waist Two sea monsters, Scylla and Charybdis guard the straight of Messina, devouring sailors. Charybdis
Personified as a dreadful whirlpool
Sucked in and spewed out the ocean 3 times a day. Chimera Terrifying Creature
Killed by the hero Bellerophon

Chimera’s Composition
Half Lion
Half Mountain Goat
Snake’s tail
Breathed fire Cyclops A race of giants with one eye.
Three Cyclopes- Arges, Brontes, and Steropes were sons of Uranus and Gaea.
Forged the thunderbolts of Zeus Centaurs Centaur Composition
Head, arms, and shoulders of a man
Lower body and legs of a horse Minotaur Offspring of a bull and Pasiphae (Wife to King Minos of Crete)
Kept in the Labyrinth, mazelike building, from which escape was impossible.
7 youths and maidens were sacrificed each year.

Minotaur’s Composition
Head of a bull
Body of a man Echidna Mother of six famous monsters: Orthrus, Cerberus, Hydra, Chimaera, and the Sphinx

Echidna’s Composition
Half Woman
Half monster Medusa One of three Gorgons, Medusa was the daughter of the sea god, Phorcys.
Beautiful in her youth, with hair worthy of envy, Medusa boasted of her own beauty to Athena.
Athena became jealous and transformed Medusa into a hideous creature.
Anyone looking at Medusa (or her sisters) immediately turned to stone.

Medusa’s Composition
Writhing snakes for hair
Staring eyes
Protruding fangs * The photographer, who was turned to stone while taking this picture is currently under the care of magical creatures great and small in an attempt to reverse the curse of the Gorgons. Sphinx
A female, malevolent being
Sphinx comes from the Greek sphiggein (to draw tight)
The Greek sphinx is said to be a strangler.
Perched on the top of a rock, she would challenge all travelers with a riddle. THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX
What animal is that which in the morning goes on four feet, at noon on two, and in the evening upon three?

Do you know the answer? Or would you be eaten by the sphinx? Cerberus
Cerberus, a ferocious sentry, stood guard at the entrance of the underworld.
A monstrous three-headed dog, Cerberus answered to only one master…Hades.
Basilisk
Beware! A single glance killed whatever it encountered.

Basilisk’s Composition
Body of a serpent
Head and wings of a rooster
Tail of a dragon. A REAL BASILISK
Even scientists use Greek mythology in identifying species!
THE FURIES
Servants to Hades, the furies search for murders and other criminals who have not received a fair punishment. SPHINX CERBERUS BASILISK THE FURIES GRIFFIN GRIFFIN
Known for attacking other animals and humans

Griffin Composition
Head and wings of an eagle
Body of a lion HYDRA Lurked in the Marshes of Lerna in Ancient Greece
Would attack villagers and their cattle

Hydra’s Composition
Many headed serpent
If one head was cut off, it grew back instantly
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