Pegasus, 
the Flying Horse

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Pegasus
Ancient Greek Myths for Kids 


Pegasus was a flying horse. He was the son of Poseidon, the Lord of the Sea. His mother was Medusa, the horrible monster with snakes for hair. 

Pegasus did not mind that he was born a horse. In fact, he rather liked it. Pegasus' only problem was that people kept trying to kidnap him. After all, he was a horse that could fly. Anyone could see the value of that. When people tried to kidnap him, the gods always got involved. 

So Pegasus was safe, but lonely. He couldn't live with his father under the sea. He did not want to live with his mother. He was not fond of snakes. In fact, he was not fond of his mother. The other horses shied away from him. They knew he was different. He belonged nowhere. 

Pegasus kept himself busy by saving others. There are many stories of Pegasus carrying wounded Greek soldiers safely from battle. 

One day, Zeus, of all people, decided to adopt Pegasus as his special friend and horse. He brought him to live on Mount Olympus. Pegasus became the famous horse that Zeus rode through the stars. Zeus and Pegasus were not just friends, they were best friends. Finally, Pegasus had a home!


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The Story of Pegasus loosely retold by Lin Donn
   Clip Art Credit: Phillip Martin
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