These are some of the horses that are popular in Greek Mythology.. Some say that the Centaur was the offspring of Ixion and Nephele, a cloud made in the image of Hera. What is amazing is that stories about horses are not limited to a certain geographic location. He is said to be the descendant of the Greek god Poseidon and the Gorgon Medusa. They have the body of a man and the ears, tail and sometimes the legs of a horse. The horse is so well loved by humans that they immortalize them in myths and stories. They are barely mentioned in actual Greek mythology but are mentioned in future works such as those created by Ovid. Unbeknownst to them the horse is filled with the Greek soldiers. Stories differ when explaining the origins of the Centaur. The Sileni are followers of Dionysus. Centaurs are half man, half horse. Troy, thinking it a gift of surrender from the Greeks allows it inside the city. The epic poem made by the poet Homer also includes another famous horse. They left the wooden horse outside the gates of Troy. The Silenus is said to be the wisest and drunkest of all the other Sileni and remained as the teacher of the young god.
Centaurs are also a popular part of Greek Mythology and can still be seen in fantasy novels today. Contrary to popular belief which probably stemmed from the Disney movie Hercules, Pegasus did not accompany Hercules in any of his adventures; rather he accompanied the heroes Bellerophon and Perseus.
Horses in Greek Mythology
Horses are quite popular in all forms of mythology. Most Centaurs are male but there are female centaurs known as Kentaurides. Myths and stories about the horse are seen all over the world including ancient Greece, Rome and China. When night falls, the soldiers exit the horse and burn down the city of Troy.
The Sileni are another, lesser known horse creature from Greek Mythology. They are usually bald aging men with flat noses and thick lips. Others claim that they are the offspring of the God Apollo and Stilbe. This is the Trojan horse sent by the Greeks in order to trick the Trojans into letting them into their impenetrable walls. When Medusas head was cut off two offsprings sprouted from her neck: Pegasus and his brother, Chrysaor. They are seen even in fantasy novels today such as –The Chronicles of Narnia– and the Harry Potter Series.
One of the more popular horses in Greek mythology is Pegasus, the winged horse