Greek mythological creatures

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<ul><li> 1. Greek Mythologi cal Creatures </li></ul> <p> 2. 1. Centaurs creatures with head, torso and arms of a man and the body and legs of a horse 3. 2. Nymphs a large class of female entities either bound to a particular location or landform personify the fertile and creative powers of nature 4. Various aspects of nature have their own particular kind of nymph: 5. a. Water Nymphs also known as Nereids similar to mermaids Oceanids- 3000 ocean nymphs, daughters of the Titans, Oceanus and Tethys 6. b. Land Nymphslinked to a particular geographic location Oreids- mountains and ravines Alseids- protects glens and groves Autoniads- pastures and 7. c. Wood Nymphs identified with particular species of trees often, their bodies become part of the trees they inhabit Dryads- oak trees Hamadryads- elm, nut and fig tree 8. 3. Cyclops a member of a primordial race of giants, each with a single eye in the middle of its forehead plural: cyclopes or cyclopses 9. 4. Minotaur half human, half bull creature said to have lived at the center of a labyrinth built for King Minos 10. 5. Gorgon vicious female monsters with sharp fangs and hair of living, venomous snakes Medusa- a gorgon whose gaze could turn on-lookers to stone 11. 6. Pegasus a unicorn which sprang from the blood of Medusa when she was beheaded and her blood came in contact to the foam of the beach 12. 7. Sirens or Seirenesalso called Naiads or sea nymphs they enchant approaching sailors by their singing causing them to sail into cliffs and drown siren song- appeal that is hard to resist but that if heeded will lead to a bad result 13. 8. Giants or Gigantesa class of unnaturally large and often monstrous men who were closely related to the gods 14. 9. Chimeraa monstrous beast which is described to have the appearance of a lion, goat and serpent that is able to breathe fire next to a dragon, it is popularly known to guard portals 15. 10. ErinyesGreek, meaning angry ones; Roman, the Furies female, chthonic deities of vengeance, or supernatural personifications of the anger of the dead 16. their heads were wreathed with serpents and their eyes dripped with blood Virgil (Roman writer)recognized 3: a. Alecto- unceasing b. Megaera- grudging c. Tisiphone- avenging murder 17. 11. Automatonsmen, animals and monsters crafted out of metals and made animate in order to perform various tasks </p>