Mythical creatures and monsters


In Greek mythology, the Sphinx is a giant monster that had the head and chest of a naked woman, the body of a lion, the tail of a snake and the wings of an eagle. She was the daughter of the giant Typhon and Echinda.

Hera (according to some legends Ares) sent the Sphinx from Ethiopia to Thebes. There, the Sphinx took up residence on a nearby mountain named Sphinxio and gave everyone passing by a riddle. But whoever didn't guess it was buried. On the other hand, it was given that whoever guessed the riddle would cause her death. And this was fulfilled for Oedipus. He guessed the riddle, and the Sphinx plunged into the sea, where she drowned. Other sources say she jumped off a mountain and killed herself by falling into a valley.

The most famous riddle is said to be, "Which creature walks on four legs in the morning, two at noon, and three in the evening?" (man)

The Sphinx had several siblings, which were Orthos (a two-headed dog), Kerberos (a three-headed dog, guardian of the realm of the dead), Hydra (a monster with a serpent's body and nine dragon heads), and Chimera (a monster with the body of a lion, a goat in the middle, and a dragon in the back, which made fire with its three mouths).