Pegasus Definition

In Greek mythology there are magical beings of a different nature. One of them is Pegasus, a normally white horse with large wings. In addition to his unique appearance, he is a being endowed with intelligence and a noble spirit.

He is a very affable creature, but he only allows himself to be tamed by a noble person. The Pegasus has an innate quality that allows it to detect evil in others.

the legend of pegasus

According to Ovid’s account in his work Metamorphosis, Perseus, who was one of the sons of Zeus, decapitated the wicked Medusa and Pegasus emerged from her neck.

Shortly after it was born, the winged horse kicked hard to the ground near Mount Helicon. A spring with abundant water arose from the hole that it created and this place was considered in ancient times as an ideal place to find poetic inspiration.

Many were the men who tried to tame him, but only Bellerophon succeeded.

He did it thanks to the help of the goddess Athena, who gave him golden bridles to tame him. Bellerophon and Pegasus starred in great adventures, such as the episode in which they ended the life of the evil Chimera or the one in which they faced the fearsome Amazons.

The exploits of Beleforonte on the back of his steed made him see himself as a proud being and for this reason he wanted to fly with Pegasus to Mount Olympus, the abode of the gods. However, the god Zeus caused Pegasus to receive an animal sting and ended up knocking down Bellerophon. Zeus himself welcomed the winged horse and allowed him to live on Mount Olympus alongside the gods.

In Greek mythology, Pegasus is not the only magical being, as there are also unicorns, the gatekeeper or griffins, giant eagles with golden feathers that are Pegasus’ staunch enemies.

star constellation

Mythological beings give names to the constellations of the heavens. According to mythological accounts, Zeus turned Pegasus into a constellation so that he would become an eternal being. The Pegasus constellation is formed by three stars that draw a triangle that symbolizes one of the wings and its body is formed by a square made up of four stars.

The constellation of Pegasus is part of the 88 constellations integrated in the Milky Way. The term Milky Way also comes from the mythological stories of the ancient Greeks and is so named because its appearance is reminiscent of the milk that spilled from the breast of the goddess Hera.

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