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10 Dragons from Greek Mythology

September 2, 2015

Ketos

Better known as the Kraken from Clash of the Titans, it was going to eat Andromeda (chained to a rock as a sacrifice) until Perseus saved her.

Ketos the Dragon

Python

Guarded the Oracle of Delphi’s shrine, killed by Apollo.

Apollo Killing the Python

Hesperios

The guard dragon of the Golden Apples. After Heracles slew it, the gods placed it in the heavens to become the constellation Draco.

Hesperios Guards the Golden Apples

Drakones of Medea

Two flying dragons that pulled the witch Medea’s chariot.

Drakones of Medea

Chimera

A lion’s body with a dragon’s tail and a goat head on its back, slain by Bellerophon.

Chimera

Campe

This winged serpent was a woman from the waist up. Her feet were 1,000 vipers, and the heads of 50 animals protruded from her waist. Guarded the prison pit of Tartaros.

Kholkikos

This unsleeping dragon guarded the Golden Fleece until it was slain by the hero Jason.

Kholkikos

Thespiakos

To save his city, Menestratos wore a breastplate covered in hooks and let Thespiakos eat him; the hooks slew the beast from within.

Kykhreides

Terrorized the island of Salamis until Kykhreus drove it away. Then it fled to the goddess Demeter and became her companion.

Hydra

When Heracles tried to remove her nine heads, two more popped up for every one he chopped off. So he cauterized the neck stumps so they couldn’t regenerate and kept hack, hack, hacking away until Hydra was dead.

Hydra

This article was first published in Uncle John’s Lists that Make You Go Hmmm . . .

Uncle Johns Book of Lists

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