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In Greek mythology, Pegasos sprung forth along with his brother Chrysaor from the neck of the gorgon Medusa after the legendary hero Perseus had cut off her head. The steed befriended Perseus, and carried him to save Andromeda, an Aithiopian princess, who was chained to cliffs as a sacrifice to the sea monster Ketos.
One of the many deeds Pegasos and Bellerophon are famed for is the slaying of the mythical beast Chimera. Another is when the god Zeus tasked Pegasos to bring lightning and thunder from Olympos; as a reward for doing this, the steed was turned into a constellation.
Influence and legacy
By the 5th century BCE Korinthia had taken the image of Pegasos as their national emblem, which was emblazoned on their banners. Korinthia had also a region dedicated to the steed, called Valley of the Pegasos.
During the Peloponnesian War the Spartan misthios Kassandra found a figurehead for the ship Adrestia bearing the likeness of Pegasos within the Olympic Shipwreck, off the coast of Elis. She also found sails and finery bearing a depiction of the steed in Hermit's Dive in Messara. In addition, she also obtained an armor set which drew inspiration from the winged stallion.
- In Assassin's Creed: Odyssey one of the lieutenants recruitable aboard the Adrestia via the Animus mods is called Pegasos.
- The Animus mods also enabled the misthios Kassandra to ride Pegasos.