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Bellerophon and Chimaira (1)

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02 Religious and ideological symbols and iconographic motifs

04 Religious and philosophical literature and poetry

02 Religious and ideological symbols and iconographic motifs

composite beings
6th century CE
Roman Empire
Christian-Greek philosophers and scholars

pseudo-Nonnus, Basil 8 (Scholia):
When the chimaera of Patara appeared … and was ravaging the land of the Lycians, and Protos was ruling in Lycia, Bellerophontes was commanded to slay the chimaira. Now this was a wild beast … of the following kind: its fron (was) a lion, but its back part a dragon, while its middle was a she-goat. From this she-goat went forth fire; and the wild beast was difficult to hunt. Bellerophontes, therefore, finding Pegasus, a horse from the gods - who is said to have had wings, and that water exuded from his nails - came, having (as) an aid the horse’s (gift) of flight, for he was, as I said, winged; and he slew the chimaera.

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pseudo-Nonnus, Basil 8 (Scholia)


Brock 1971, 76-77Brock, Sebastian. The Syriac Version of the Pseudo-Nonnos Mythological Scholia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1971.

Amar Annus

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Fig. 1: Bellerophon and Chimaira. Edge of an Attic red-figure epinetron , ca. 425-420 BCE (No 2179, National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece).