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Creatures Of Ancient Greece Centaur- One of a race of monsters having the head arms and trunk of a man and the body and legs of a horse Cerberus- In Greek myth Cerberus was a horrific dog who stood watch at the gates of Hades the world of the dead Cerberus had three heads some accounts gave him many more and was so vicious that he was feared even by the gods Cerberus is most famous for his role as one of the 12 labors of Hercules the strong man who ventured to Hades and wrestled Cerberus into submission Cerberus also appears in the story of Orpheus who lulled the dog to sleep with music on his way into Hades to search for his lover Eurydice Chimera- A monster in classical mythology who had the head of a lion the body of a goat and the tail of a dragon or serpent Cyclops- One-eyed giants in classical mythology One Cyclops imprisoned Odysseus and his men during their voyage back to Greece after the Trojan War Odysseus managed to trick the Cyclops and put out his eye Odysseus and his men were then able to escape Griffin- A fabulous beast with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion Harpy- Vicious winged beings in classical mythology often depicted as birds with womens faces In the story of Jason they steal or spoil an old blind mans food leaving a terrible odor behind them Hydra- The many-headed monster that was slain by Hercules Medusa- The best known of the monster Gorgons of classical mythology people who looked at her would turn to stone A hero Perseus was able to kill Medusa aiming his sword by looking at her reflection in a highly polished shield Minotaur- In classical mythology a monster half man and half bull The Minotaur was born to the queen of Crete Pasipha after she mated with a sacred
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