Chimera Picture

Other names: Quimera, Chimaera, Chímaira
Origin: Greece
Habitat: unknown
Appearances: literature, music, TV, movies, symbols, comics, games.


The Chimera was a monstrous beast which ravaged the countryside of Lykia in Anatolia. It was a composite creature, with the body and maned head of a lion, a goat's head rising from its back, a set of goat-udders, and a serpentine tail.

The hero Bellerophon was commanded to slay it by King Iobates. He rode into battle against the beast on the back of the winged horse Pegasos and, driving a lead-tipped lance down the Khimaira's flaming throat, suffocated it.
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