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The only mortal of the Gorgons, her gaze was enough to turn anyone into stone
Having the body of a serpent and several heads, this water beast could regrow two firebreathing heads where one had been severed
Defeated by Heracles as his First Labor, this giant cat-monster had an inpenetrable hide and a ferocious roar
A winged lion with the head of a woman, this monster ultimately threw herself from her cliff after Oedipus solved her riddle
This half-man, half-bull horror, slayed by Theseus, was the offspring of Pasiphae and the Cretan Bull
This three-headed watchdog of Hades was taken from the Underworld by Heracles as his Twelfth Labor
This sea monster dwelled on one side of the Strait of Messia, and her many heads devoured six of Odysseus' men
With the head of a beautiful nymph and the body of a serpent, this monster is often known as 'The Mother of All Monsters'
Having the head of a lion, the body of a she-goat, and the tail of a dragon, this monster terrorized Lycia and was killed by Bellerophon
Known as 'The Father of All Monsters', he was trapped under Mount Etna after trying to overthrow the Gods
This most famous Cyclops was the first challenge Odysseus encountered, blinding him with a sharpened stick
This sea monster dwelled on one side of the Strait of Messia as a whirlpool that devoured passing ships
These creatures had the head of a woman and the body of a bird, luring sailors with their beautiful songs to their destruction
These specters (ghost-like creatures) devoured frightened travelers that crossed their paths
Bearing two ferocious heads, this canine beast guarded a herd of red cattle on the island of Erythea
These winged beasts had the heads of ugly women with crooked, sharp talons and often carried people off to the Underworld for eternal torture
The Guardian of the Hesperides, this hundred-headed dragon was fooled by Heracles as his Eleventh Labor
These birds, who bred at an exponential rate, were sacred to Ares, had metallic feathers, and were killed by Heracles as his Fifth Labor
This enormous boar roamed the forest region around Mount Erymanthus and was captured by Heracles as his Third Labor
A three-bodied winged beast, he was killed by Heracles as his Tenth Labor after losing his herd of oxen
These followers of Dionysus have the torso and head of a human with the body of a horse
A winged horse fathered by Poseidon and Medusa
This bird, when it feels its death approaching, sets its nest on fire and is consumed, only to be born again
These creatures have the body of a man, but the tail, flank and hooves of a goat
This female snake-like creature was seen as a vampire, and stole children in order to drink their blood
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Nov 7th, 2010 at 13:15 GMT
Great quiz! Can it accept Orthus for the first one, though?
Dec 23rd, 2010 at 13:40 GMT
yeah, agree with lanni. i'm sure it's orthus (without r). good quiz though!
Jun 14th, 2012 at 00:19 GMT
Technically, "Orthrus" and "Orthus" are both acceptable spellings. However, "Orthus" is the most common spelling of the name.
Jun 14th, 2012 at 11:57 GMT
I'm not sure it makes much difference how it's spelled, since you don't have to type it in.
Jun 17th, 2012 at 16:25 GMT
A couple of them could do with being made a little less obvious - when the clue mentions a boar in the region around Mount Erymanthos, it doesn't take Archimedes to work out that the answer is going to be Erymanthian Boar.
Jun 24th, 2012 at 16:40 GMT
I feel so stupid because i am a greek mythology freak
Jun 27th, 2012 at 08:26 GMT
Gotta love Percy Jackson and the Odyssey for letting you know most of these.
Jun 30th, 2012 at 14:04 GMT
As a native of ancient Argos, I am offended by the placement of this quiz--it should be in religion.
Game published: Jul 5th, 2012 at 04:03 GMT
Jul 5th, 2012 at 04:46 GMT
Great quiz! I must raise one concern -- the boar was actually the fourth labor of Hercules.
Jul 5th, 2012 at 04:53 GMT
Got the Lamia thanks to Genesis (the band, not the book)
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Jul 5th, 2012 at 05:21 GMT
Satyrs are in Greek mythology, so by definition, they are in fact mythical. And Isaiah mentions goats, not satyrs...
Jul 5th, 2012 at 06:15 GMT
While satyrs are indeed mythical, I think your logic may be flawed, ViSte. Shoes, buildings, bridges etc. are also in Greek mythology, but they are real enough.
Jul 5th, 2012 at 08:16 GMT
Surely the fact that they are in the Bible at all suggests they are mythological!
Jul 5th, 2012 at 10:53 GMT
@itsacon: is that from The Lamia lies down on Broadway ?! (sorry!)
Jul 5th, 2012 at 11:13 GMT
Mudkip, if satyrs appear in the bible, that's a reason more to count them as mythological ;)
Jul 5th, 2012 at 12:57 GMT
There are a few of these I would never have known if not for Harry Potter. Thankyou, Ms Rowling!
Jul 5th, 2012 at 13:26 GMT
I love that Phil is the quiz icon.
Jul 5th, 2012 at 14:13 GMT
Three years of Latin class may not have taught me much Latin, but it sure taught me a good amount about the mythology (mostly because I enjoyed that part more)
Jul 5th, 2012 at 14:31 GMT
Thank you Percy Jackson!!
Jul 5th, 2012 at 15:38 GMT
I kept thinking, "Now which one is Mr. Tumnus?"
Jul 5th, 2012 at 16:16 GMT
You might want to try to change the clue for Erymanthian Boar so it doesn't have "Boar" and give away the answer.
Jul 5th, 2012 at 16:52 GMT
Between Age of Mythology, Hercules (Disney movie), and the Odyssey, I was pretty much set. Thank you, middle school.
Jul 5th, 2012 at 17:48 GMT
One small thing--- the way i learned it, the Chimaera had the tail of a snake, not a dragon. That's ok, though, because different myth versions have different ideas: Overall, excellent quiz. I scored 22/25.
Jul 5th, 2012 at 19:47 GMT
Echidna threw me off completely, thought it was a trick answer or something...
Jul 5th, 2012 at 21:07 GMT
I knew most of these from the Percy Jackson books....(thanks, Rick Riordan!!!)
Jul 5th, 2012 at 21:33 GMT
I *knew* that Scylla and Charybdis were at one and other side of the strait of Messina (the real strait between Sicily and mainland Italy; in the clue it's misspelled as "Messia"). But remembering which was which is another question (I tried the wrong one first, of course).
Jul 5th, 2012 at 23:58 GMT
Like RayRayMcNinja, the Percy Jackson series helped me a lot. However, satyrs have the upper half of a human and lower half of a goat, which is a less confusing way to say it.
Jul 6th, 2012 at 03:50 GMT
Two of the clues have the Labors of Heracles numbered wrong. The Stymphalian Birds were the 6th not 5th labor and the Erymanthian boar is 4 not 3.
Jul 6th, 2012 at 04:11 GMT
Nice quiz. Could be fun as a picture quiz too.
Jul 6th, 2012 at 12:32 GMT
Well I'm sure as hell not going to take pictures of them...
Jul 6th, 2012 at 23:01 GMT
Boy, this sure was heavy on Hercules and Odysseus. Given the popularity of their stories, I guess that can't be helped.
Jul 7th, 2012 at 17:25 GMT
yup, i knew these because of Percy Jackson, too :) but i didn't know empousae were ghosts...
Jul 7th, 2012 at 19:08 GMT
I knew the Sirens from an episode of Samurai Jack!
Jul 8th, 2012 at 04:31 GMT
The "Strait of Messina" is misspelled twice in this quiz as "Strait of Messia," once for Scylla and again for Charybdis.
Jul 10th, 2012 at 00:53 GMT
Twice saw the words 'sea monster' and immediately went to Sirens. Dang.
Jul 25th, 2012 at 10:07 GMT
as a matter of fact, eab21, Mr Tumnus is a faun - they exist in Roman mythology, not greek, though fauns and satyrs are pretty much the same thing
Apr 8th, 2013 at 00:04 GMT
By the way, it's the Strait of Messina.
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