Accidentally killed his grandfather (fulfilling an oracles prophecy)
Son of Athenian King Aegeus
Slew Sciron and Procrustes
Slew the Minotaur (Ariadne and Daedalus helped)
Ruled Athens well
Married Phaedra (drew Aphrodites wrath)
Killed by his friend King Lycomedes
5 Hercules (Heracles)
Greatest Greek Hero
Son of Zeus and Alcamena (a mortal)
Not too bright often impulsive
Cursed by Hera kills wife and sons
Completed Twelve Labors
Taken to Olympus after he died
Her dad wanted a boy left her to die
Raised by bears later hunters
Helped slay the Calydonian Boar
May have sailed with Argonauts
Would only marry the man who beat her in a race
Melanion tricked her won the race
They were turned into lions.
7 Other Significant Stories Adventures and Monsters
First woman on earth
Hephaestus made her of water and earth and all the gods gave her a gift or talent (Pandora all gifted).
Her curiosity caused her to open the jar (or box) containing all the evils but she closed the lid before Hope could escape.
A Titan who stole fire from the sun to give to mortals
Angered Zeus who chained him to a rock where an eagle would eat his liver out daily for all of eternity.
Hercules later killed the eagle and freed Prometheus.
A mortal girl that Zeus fell for
He tricked her by taking the form of a beautiful white bull.
Zeus swept her away to Crete where she bore him three children.
She later married the king of Crete.
The most well-known cyclops due to his roll in The Odyssey
Son of Poseidon
Tricked and blinded by Odysseus
Many young women were in love with him but he rejected them all.
One young woman Echo went to a lonely place and faded away until her sad cries were all that was left of her.
The goddess Nemesis in anger made Narcissus fall in love with his own reflection in the pool.
13 Psyche and Cupid
Aphrodite jealous of Psyches beauty sent her son Eros (Cupid) to make Psyche fall in love with an ugly man.
But Eros fell in love with her himself.
He visited her nightly but never allowed her to see his face.
At the instigation of her sisters Psyche sneaks in to look at him one night when he is asleep. He awakes and leaves her.
She wandered the earth in search of a lover for many years but was later reunited with Eros.
King Pelias sent Jason on a seemingly impossible quest to bring back the Golden Fleece.
Argo ship / Argonauts crew
With help from Medea Jason gets the fleece.
When he abandons Medea she kills their children and Jason is ruined.
Mortal son of Helios (the sun god)
Phaeton convinces Helios to let him drive the chariot that pulls the sun across the sky.
The horses get out of control threatening to scorch the earth.
Zeus destroys Phaeton before the earth can be burned up.
16 Bellerophon and Pegasus
Sent by a king to slay the Chimera (as task that is supposed to be impossible)
With Athenas help Bellerophon captures Pegasus the winged horse.
They slay the Chimera.
Later in pride Bellerophon tries to ride Pegasus to Mt. Olympus.
Zeus knocks him back to earth and he wanders lonely for the rest of his days.
Hideous monster with the head of a lion the body of a goat and the tail of a dragon.
Terrorized Lycia until Bellerophon and Pegasus killed it.
Any multi-faced or confusing problem is now referred to as a chimera.
Famous architect and inventor
Built the labyrinth for the Minotaur
He and his son Icarus are later trapped in the labyrinth so he crafts wings for them to fly out.
Icarus flies too close to the sun melts his wings and drowns in the sea.
Monster with the body of a man but the head and tail of a bull.
Kept in the labyrinth in Crete where every year 14 young people were sacrificed to this monster.
Theseus volunteered to be one of the sacrifices and slew the Minotaur.
The only good centaur
He was very wise and had great knowledge of the healing arts.
Tutor of many heroes (Achilles Theseus etc.)
Hercules accidentally shot him with a poison arrow.
To escape the pain he relinquished his immortality.
He is now the constellation of Sagittarius.
He betrayed the secrets of the gods cheated Death and was then punished by Hades.
In the underworld he his doomed to forever roll a huge boulder up a hill where it then rolls back to the bottom and he starts all over again.
He captured travelers and forced them to stay in one of his beds.
Short people were stretched on a rack until they were the right length.
Tall people had the parts that were too long chopped off.
Theseus killed him.
God of shepherds and flocks as well as of male fertility.
Son of Hermes
Chased nymphs through the forests in the shape of a goat
Not well-liked by other gods
Legendary creature with the head beak and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.
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