It was a three-headed monster, which ravaged the countryside of Lycia in Anatolia. It was a bizarre fire-breathing creature with the body and head of a lion, a goat’s head rising from its back, the udders of a goat, and a serpent for a tail.

The hero Bellerophon was commanded by King Iobates to slay the beast. He rode into battle on the back of the winged horse Pegasus and drove a lead-tipped lance into its flaming throat, choking the beast on molten metal.

Parents: Echidna and Typhon
Offspring: Sphinx and Nemean Lion
Killed by: Bellerophon

The Chimera on a red-figure Apulian plate, c. 350–340 BC, Louvre.
“Chimera of Arezzo”: an Etruscan bronze. (c) Carole Raddato
Pebble mosaic depicting Bellerophon killing the Chimera. Rhodes Archaeological Museum.

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