In Greek mythology there are magical beings of different natures. One of them is Pegasus, a white horse with large wings. In addition to his unique appearance, he is a being endowed with intelligence and noble spirit.
He is a very gentle creature, but he only allows himself to be tamed by a noble person . Pegasus has an innate quality that allows him to detect the evil of others.
The legend of Pegasus
According to Ovid’s account in his Metamorphoses, Perseus, who was one of the sons of Zeus, beheaded the wicked Medusa and from her neck Pegasus was born.
Shortly after its birth, the winged horse kicked hard on the earth of Mount Helicon. From this hole emerged a spring with a lot of water and this place was considered in antiquity as an ideal place to find poetic inspiration .
Many were the men who tried to tame him, but only Bellerophon succeeded.
This happened thanks to the help of the goddess Athena, who gave him a golden bridle to tame him. Bellerophon and Pegasus were the protagonists of great adventures, such as the episode that ended the life of the evil Chimera or the terrible confrontation with the Amazons.
The exploits of Bellerophon, mounted on 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 the bite of an animal and thus overthrow Bellerophon. Zeus himself welcomed the winged horse and let him live on Mount Olympus with the gods.
In Greek mythology Pegasus was not the only magical being, as there were also unicorns, cancerberos or griffins, which were giant eagles with golden feathers and declared enemies of Pegasus.
Mythological beings name the constellations of the heavens. According to mythological accounts, Zeus turned Pegasus into a constellation so that he would become an eternal being. The constellation Pegasus is made up of three stars that form the design of a triangle, symbolizing one of the wings, and its body is made up of a square of four stars .
The constellation Pegasus is part of the 88 constellations integrated into the Milky Way. The term Milky Way also comes from mythological accounts of the ancient Greeks and is so named because its appearance resembles that of milk poured from the breast of the goddess Hera.