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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Hydra

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The Hydra was an ancient serpent-like water beast with reptilian traits that possessed many heads — the poets mention more heads than the vase-painters could paint, and for each head cut off it grew two more. It also had poisonous breath and blood so virulent even its tracks were deadly.

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Gorgons

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Perhaps the most popular gorgon in Greek mythology is Medusa, the only mortal among the three sisters who had snakes for hair and who’s gaze would turn anyone into stone. She was famously decapitated by Perseus who was armed with a mirror and scythe.

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Centaur

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The centaur is a humanoid mythical creature with the head, arms, and torso of a human and the body and legs of a horse. Perhaps one of the most popular centaurs in Greek mythology is Chiron. He stands in contrast to the typical depiction of centaurs being indulgent and violent drinkers with his intelligence and enviable medical skills.

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Pegasus

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One of the best known creatures in Greek mythology, he is a winged divine stallion usually depicted as pure white in color. He is the offspring of Poseidon and Medusa and legend says every time his hoof hit the earth, a spring of water bubbled forth.

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Minotaur

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The Minotaur was a humanoid mythical creature with the head of a bull on the body of a man. He dwelt at the center of the Cretan Labyrinth, which was an elaborate maze designed by the architect Daedalus and his son Icarus. The bull-man was eventually slain by the Athenian hero Theseus.

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