Greek Monsters Powerpoint.

 Horse body with torso and
upper half of a human.
Centaurs are often ill
temptered savages.
Chiron is the most famous
Centaur (and a good guy). He
was immortal and known for
his wisdom.
He was Achilles’s mentor and
appears in other stories.
Hercules accidentally kills
 Giants: Huge, savage
 In the battle between the
giants and the gods, Hercules
played a huge part in
defending Olympus.
 Goat legs with upper half
of a human.
 Live in the woods.
 Merry folk, play music on
pipes, etc.
 PAN is the most famous
– he is Hermes’s son.
Head and wings of an
eagle, body of a lion.
 Pegasus: Winged horse
born from the blood of
Medusa when Perseus
killed Medusa.
Perseus did NOT get
Bellerophon did.
Eventually, Bellerophon
tried to fly to Olympus,
but Zeus struck him down.
After that, Pegasus went to
Zeus’s stables.
Has three heads: lion, goat, and dragon, and its
body is a combination of those three
It can breath fire.
 Killed by the hero
Bellerophon who rode on
the winged horse,
Pegasus. He stuffs lead
into its mouth which
melts so it suffocates.
 Medusa and Gorgons:
Snake-like women who
could turn someone to
stone if they made eyecontact.
 Perseus kills them,
decapitates Medusa, and
keeps her head (even
though Medusa was dead,
eye-contact could still turn
someone to stone).
 Sphinx: head and chest of a
woman, body of a lion, and
wings like a bird.
 Hera sent it to plague
Thebes. It asked a riddle of
all who wanted into the
city and it ate all those who
answered incorrectly.
Oedipus answered
correctly and then the
Sphinx killed itself.
The Riddle: What walks
on four legs in the
morning, two legs in the
afternoon, and three legs
at night?
Harpies were originally said to be half-woman, halfbird, but in later stories are horrifying winged
 Minotaur: Half man, half
bull. See story of
 Nemean Lion: A huge
lion that cannot be
 Hercules strangles it,
then uses its own claws
to cut it and skin it.
 He then wears its hide as
a souvenir.
3 headed dog.
Threshold guardian of
the Underworld.
Hercules takes him
prisoner, but then
returns him later.
A nine headed serpent.
When Hercules cut off a
head, two grew in its
place. His cousin helped
out by using a torch to
sear the necks closed
after Hercules cut the
heads off. Hercules then
used the Hydra's blood
to make his arrows
 The Cyclops are some of
the oldest and most
powerful monsters.
 They helped Zeus and co.
defeat Cronus.
 The most famous is
Polyphemus, who
appears in the Odyssesy
= Odysseus blinds him so
some of the crew can
 A witch who can turn
men into animals. She
encounters Odysseus
who is immune thanks
to an antidote Hermes
gave him. She then fell in
love with Odysseus.
 Scylla is a six-headed sea
monster that lives in a
strait near a whirlpool
called Charybdis. We see
them in The Odyssey.
A sea goddess who keeps
Odysseus prisoner/as
her lover for several
years. She loves him, but
eventually lets him go.
The Sirens were sea nymphs who sang beautiful
songs, luring sailors/ships to the rocky shores
where the boats crashed and men drowned.
Odysseus has his crew put wax in their ears.