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 Comments

I always loved Pegasus in the original Clash of the Titans – he stuck with me from when I first saw it. I also have to admit to quite liking My Little Pony Friendship is Magic πŸ˜‰
Tasha
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Think it was ‘Fantasia’ where I first saw or heard of a Pegasus. I thought they were very cool until I saw a griffin. Is plural still Pegasus or Pegasi?

I love mythology surrounding horses. I think there’s something quite majestic about them anyway, so they lend themselves nicely to whimsical tales πŸ™‚

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!

I’m so glad you included Pegasus. A crowd favorite, I’m sure.

When I was little, I was always torn between pegasus and unicorn. Which one did I like more? Not quite sure, but being able to fly is definitely tipping the scales for the pegasus.

heatherjacksonwrites April 20, 2015 at 4:45 pm

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!

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˜€

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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