25 Most Legendary Creatures From Greek Mythology

Posted by on June 5, 2013

Known for some extremely out of this world mythology, the Greek legends have been the subject of popular culture for thousands of years. The most famous characters in these myths are the gods and goddesses who would employ the use of heroes to do their bidding. In order for these heroes to earn their status they would have to face creatures like these 25 most legendary creatures from Greek mythology.

25

Python

Usually represented as a serpent, he presided over the Delphic oracle. Unfortunately he became enemies with the Olympian deity Apollos who ended up killing him and taking the oracle for himself.

24

Orthrus

A two headed dog tasked with guarding a huge herd of red cattle, he was killed by Hercules who then kept all the cattle as proof of his victory.

23

Ichthyocentaurs

These were a pair of centaurine sea-gods with the upper body of a man, the lower front of a horse, and the tail of a fish. They were set in the sky as the astronomical constellation Pisces.

22

Scylla

Scylla was a monster that lived on one side of a narrow channel of water, opposite its counterpart Charybdis. The two sides of the strait were within an arrow’s range of each other—so close that sailors attempting to avoid Charybdis would pass too close to Scylla with disastrous results.

21

Typhon

Known as the “Father of All Monsters”, Typhon was believed to be the most deadly monster of Greek mythology. His human upper half supposedly reached as high as the stars, and his hands reached east and west. Instead of a human head, a hundred dragon heads erupted from his neck and shoulders.

20

Ophiotaurus

Ophiotaurus was a creature that was part bull and part serpent. It’s entrails were said to grant the power to defeat the gods to whoever burned them.

19

Lamia

Lamia was apparently a beautiful queen of Libya who became a child-eating daemon. In the myth, she is a mistress of the god Zeus, causing Zeus’ jealous wife, Hera, to kill all of Lamia’s children (except for Scylla, who is herself cursed) and transform her into a monster that hunts and devours the children of others.

18

Graeae

The Graeae were three sisters who shared one eye and one tooth among them. Not surprisingly they weren’t known for their beauty.

17

Echidna

Half woman half snake, Echidna known as the “Mother of All Monsters” because most of the monsters in Greek mythology were her offspring.

16

Nemean Lion

The Nemean lion was a vicious monster in Greek mythology that lived at Nemea. It was eventually killed by Heracles. It could not be killed with mortal weapons because its golden fur was impervious to attack. Its claws were sharper than mortal swords and could cut through any armor.

15

Sphinx

With the haunches of a lion, the wings of a great bird, and the face of a woman, she is mythicised as treacherous and merciless. Those who cannot answer her riddle suffer a fate typical in such mythological stories, as they are killed and eaten by this ravenous monster.

14

Erinyes

Literally translated to the”the avengers” from Greek, these were known as the female deities of vengeance. A formulaic oath in the Iliad invokes them as “those who beneath the earth punish whosoever has sworn a false oath”.

13

Charybdis

The daughter of Poseidon and Gaia; Charybdis is a huge bladder of a creature whose face is all mouth and whose arms and legs are flippers. She swallows  huge amounts of water three times a day, before belching it back out again, creating large whirlpools capable of sinking large ships.

12

Harpies

These winged spirits whose name literally means: “that which snatches” are known for their proclivity for stealing food. In fact, Zeus used them to punish a king called Phineus by trapping him on an island with a bunch of food and a large group of harpies. Phineus was constantly tortured by a buffet he could never eat because it always got stolen away.

11

Satyr

Satyrs have goat-like features such as hindquarters and horns and are often depicted playing flutes and holding cups of wine. They epitomize the essence of having a carefree life as they make music and drink all they want.