Bellerophon

Detail from a Cycladic clay vase, about 625 BC. Thasos, Archaeological Museum.Detail from an Athenian black-figure clay vase, about 550 BC. Malibu, The J. Paul Getty Museum 85.AE.121Greek hero who is sent to kill the monster Chimaera in Lycia. He rides the winged horse Pegasos, which he had first to capture and tame. He had been sent to Lycia by King Proetus of Argos (whose wife had fallen for him) with a sealed letter giving instructions that he be killed; instead the Lycian King sent him against the Chimaera.

Above left: Detail from a Cycladic clay vase, about 625 BC. Thasos, Archaeological Museum. © Thasos Archaeological Museum Licence Plate 11 UK 1007 124

Above right: Detail from an Athenian black-figure clay vase, about 550 BC. Malibu, The J. Paul Getty Museum 85.AE.121 © J. Paul Getty Museum