Chimaera, Chimera, Khimaira | They were here and might return |

A fire-breathing creature, which, according to the Homeric poems, was of divine origin.


The fore part of her body was that of a lion, and the hind part that of a dragon, while the middle was that of a goat.

According to Hesiod, she was a daughter of Typhaon and Echidna, and had three heads, one of each of the three animals before mentioned, whence she is called trikephalos or trisômatos.

She was killed by Bellerophon, and Virgil places her together with other monsters at the entrance of Orcus.

The origin of the notion of this fire-breathing monster must probably be sought for in the volcano of the name of Chimaera near Phaselis, in Lycia...



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