Impressed by Pegasus, the sacred winged horse of the Greeks and the Ancient Greek mythology, the renowned Greek sculptress Mrs. Aspasia Papadoperaki designed this paperweight exclusively for the Artpoint Papasotiriou. Pegasus was the son of Poseidon and Medusa. As stated by Hesiod, its name is derived from the springs of "Oceanus", the mythical river which surrounds cosmos (the world).According to the legend, Pegasus jumped off his mother's neck when Perseus beheaded her with the aid of Goddess Athena. In the Corinthian mythology, Pegasus flew to Acrocorinth and quenched his thirst in the waters of Pirene. There, Bellerophon (son of Glaucus, king of Corinth) waited for the divine horse, and when it approached to drink water, he captured and tamed it by putting the golden bridle on it; with the guidance and support of Goddess Athena. Bellerophon performed many labours riding Pegasus, however, he did not end well. As he succeeded in each battle, so did Bellerophon’s ego grow as well. He flew up on Pegasus in an attempt to enter mount Olympus. God Zeus got annoyed by the hybris (insult), so ordered an insect to bite the horse. Owing to this, Bellerophon was thrown from Pegasus, and crashed back to the earth. Pegasus continued his flight to mount Olympus, where he remained in the service of God Zeus, as a guardian and bearer of his symbols; the lightning and the thunderbolt, carrying them from the laboratory of God Hephaestus to mount Olympus.
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