Greek Creatures and Chimerae

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The division of Greek mythical creatures into two main categories is purely for organization purposes. These categories - “hybrids” and “monsters” - serve to distinguish between different types of mythical beings.

Hybrids | A hybrid is a composite creature - examples are the centaur (combination of human and horse), and the harpy (human and vulture); these mythical beings populated the imaginations, literature, and art of the ancient Greeks.

Monsters | The monsters section mainly features beings that are singular entities - in other words, there is but one Minotaur, Medusa, or Pegasus in Greek mythology; monsters were generally either friends or foes to various Greek heroes.

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