A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 18: Fantasy Squad – Pegasus

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No squad is complete without Pegasus, at least in my opinion. I have always loved the flying horse; a particular favourite within Greek mythology. You probably don’t need to know that I collected as many pictures, trinkets, and stories as I could growing up. I dreamt Pegasus came to whisk me away to places unknown – it was no knight in shining armour for me, I was happy with his stallion, and more interested in travelling to other worlds. Mostly. Okay that’s officially too much information!

So, briefly, in Greek mythology, Pegasus is the offspring of Poseidon and Medusa. It is said that he was born when Medusa was decapitated by Perseus. Much is written about his ascent to heaven, and his adventures. He was transformed into the constellation Pegasus by Zeus.

Pegasus by GoldenPhoenix100 Digital Art / Drawings & Paintings / FantasyΒ©2012-2015 GoldenPhoenix100
Pegasus by GoldenPhoenix100
Digital Art / Drawings & Paintings / FantasyΒ©2012-2015 GoldenPhoenix100

In media

  • Pegasus is the mascot for TriStar Pictures, and also appears as the logo or mascot for many other organisations.
  • He features in a number of films including; Fantasia; Hercules, and Clash of the Titans (both versions.)
  • In Stargate Atlantis, Pegasus is a galaxy.
  • Battlestar Pegasus was included in both versions of Battlestar Galactica.
  • In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Pegasus was a starship – the USS Pegasus.
  • Pegasus had a regular slot in the cartoon The Mighty Hercules.
  • In the Magna and Anime, Saint Seiya, Pegasus is a recurring motif.
  • One of the characters, Kira, from the Broadway production of Xanadu, rides on Pegasus to Mount Olympus.
  • Pegasus is frequently mentioned in Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. He appears in the final book, The Blood of Olympus.
  • Video games such as Age of Mythology; Hercules: Battle With The Gods, and God of War II all include a representation of Pegasus.

As always, this is just a flavour of how this mythical creature is portrayed. So, now it’s over to you. What is your favourite representation of Pegasus? Do you have any interesting stories to share? Which creature in Greek mythology is your favourite?

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

Mel

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31 thoughts on “A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 18: Fantasy Squad – Pegasus

      1. I’m just thinking of the Greek legend is all πŸ™‚ Pegasus being Poseidon and Medusa’s son (in most versions). I know there have been other winged horses, and maybe a Pegasus junior…who knows!

      2. Was it their son? I do remember it being born from Medusa when she was beheaded or at least escaping her body. Always strange that two non-horse beings would create one.

      3. Yes, in most versions of that particular tale, Poseidon came across Medusa, who was once beautiful, in Athena’s temple. They made love, which was of course sacrilege in the temple, and Athena cursed Medusa, turning her into a monster. She also told Perseus how to defeat her and when he cut off her head two children were born – Pegasus being one of them. I think the horse reference comes from the belief (by some) that Poseidon created the horses (or at least controlled them). And I know way too much about Greek mythology!!

  1. I love Pegasus… I used to watch that really old cartoon about his myth as a kid over and over… I can still narrate it scene by scene…. such a cool animal!

  2. Pegasus was always my favourite mythological creature. Maybe because I grew up riding horses and the idea of having one that could fly seemed like the best thing ever!

  3. When I was a kid I had a large number of imaginary friends, and some of them were a herd of winged horses that lived in the clouds over my house… They all had names and stuff, although I don’t remember them anymore! I’d actually forgotten all about it until just now. πŸ˜€

      1. Heh, well that too. I also had a couple of Unas from Stargate living in a cave in the creek behind my house… There were lots more, I just don’t remember them!

  4. Pegasus has been a long time favorite. I use to collect glass figurines of him until my collection was destroyed and I saw that as a bad omen. I still love him, just not in glass. Great listing of all the recent sightings!

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