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Bellerophon

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Bellerophon (/bəˈlɛrəfən/; Ancient Greek: Βελλεροφῶν) or Bellerophontes (Βελλεροφόντης)[lower-alpha 1], born as Hipponous,[2] was a hero of Greek mythology. He was "the greatest hero and slayer of monsters, alongside Cadmus and Perseus, before the days of Heracles",[3] and his greatest feat was killing the Chimera, a monster that Homer depicted with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail: "her breath came out in terrible blasts of burning flame."[4]

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Bellerophon
Slayer of the Chimera
Member of the Corinthian Royal Family
Bellerophon, Pegasus, and Athena, fresco of the 3rd style from Pompeii, first half of the 1st century
Other namesHipponous
PredecessorIobates
Successor?Hippolochus
AbodePotniae, later Argos and Lycia
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Parents(1) Poseidon and Eurynome
(2) Glaucus and Eurymede
Siblings(2) Deliades
Consort(1) Philonoe
(2) Asteria
Offspring(1) Isander, Hippolochus and Laodamia
(2) Hydissos
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Bellerophon on Pegasus spears the Chimera, on an Attic red-figure epinetron, 425–420 BC

Bellerophon was also known for capturing the winged horse Pegasus with the help of Athena’s charmed bridle, and earning the disfavour of the gods after attempting to ride Pegasus to Mount Olympus to join them.[5]