Mural of the winged horse Pegasus, Turkey.
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Pegasus was a winged horse that came out of Medusa when she was be-headed by Perseus
The Gorgon Medusa was once a beautiful Lybian princess. Because she was seduced by the sea god
in the temple consecrated to Athena, Athena transformed her
into a monster. She had hair of serpents and anyone who looked at her face was turned into stone.
After his birth, Pegasus lived on the Mount Helicon. One day, an ancient Greek hero whose name was Bellerophon believed that he could fly with Pegasus to Olympus, where the gods lived. To prevent him from doing that, Zeus sent a horsefly to bite Pegasus. Bellerophon lost control of his horse and fell back to Earth.
Pegasus continued to fly alone and reached Olympus, where Zeus received him . Since then, he transports thunderbolts for
Zeus, who placed his figure in the night sky in the constellation of the winged horse.
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