25 Most Legendary Creatures From Greek Mythology

Posted by , Updated on March 30, 2017

Known for their bizarre characteristics, Greek mythical creatures have been the subject of popular culture for thousands of years. These mythical monsters are some of the strangest, most bizarre and terrifying creations ever, ranging from glorified animals to humanoid mythical creatures. On today’s list, we are going to take a look at these mythical creatures and learn about some of their epic stories. These are 25 most legendary creatures from Greek mythology.

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Sphinx

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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.

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Erinyes

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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”.

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Charybdis

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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.

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Harpies

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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.

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Satyr

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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.

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