Chimaera

Cycladic clay vase, about 625 BC. Thasos, Archaeological Museum.A 'Melian Relief' of Bellerophon and the Chimaera, about the middle of the 5th century BC. London, British Museum.A monster fought and killed by Bellerophon mounted on the winged horse Pegasos. It was thought to live in Lycia, south west Anatolia (Turkey). In its usual form it has the body of a lion, its tail (or in early art, hindquarters) in the shape of a serpent, and a fire-breathing head and neck of a goat emerging from its back.

Above left: Cycladic clay vase, about 625 BC. Thasos, Archaeological Museum. © Archaeological Museum, Thasos Licence Plate 11 UK 1007 128

Above right: A 'Melian Relief' of Bellerophon and the Chimaera, about the middle of the 5th century BC. London, British Museum. © British Museum.