- Greek Mythology
Written about by Homer in The Iliad and The Odyssey, many have assumed Chimeras were real due to some accuracy from Homer’s stories. The Chimera was described as a Lion with the head of a goat coming out of its back and a tail with a snakehead on the end. Oh yeah, and it could breathe fire. It’s apparently related to many other top monsters from Greek Mythology too such as the Nemean Lion and even the infamous Sphinx. It is not hard to see why people feared the Chimera.
If you had to put animals together that people feared a lot at the time, it would likely be lions and snakes. If you were to put all of this together, naturally that would make a person freak out. Since that is exactly what a Chimera was, it’s easy to fear and Homer’s stories did not put an end to that, clearly. That said, the Chimera was later defeated by the Greek hero Bellerophon as well as the creature Pegasus. Due to Pegasus’ ability to fly, Bellerophon shot the Chimera with an arrow to kill it.