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The sphinx is not particularly scary; how about Enchidna, mother of monsters or the Titan of Time, Kronos? I love this list!!! I think it should have the sirens on their. They are so awesome to read about. I love everything about Greek Mythology. Everyone who loves Mythology needs to read the Odyssey. I think that it is awesome and that im doing research about Greek mythology and im going to add this and its going to be so cool. Typhon was NOT cast into tartarus. Zeus had to throw a mountain on to p of the beast to trap it.

The monster still breathed fire and wailed and screamed in rage, causing volcanic eruptions. Before you write something down, maybe you should research further to be certain that the information you give is correct. That is how I learned Greek Mythology in my fourth grade year. You don;t have to take my advise, for we have free will, but I suggest this to help ensure that your information is correct. For all of you saying that this information is incorrect, that is not the case.

Typhon has two endings one was that he was trapped in tartarus by Zeus the other is that he held the sky from touching the highest peak of the highest mountain otherwise the sky would touch the earth and it and everything on it including all the gods and all the titans would be obliterated. Just so we are clear, their are a lot of different ways Greek myths go. What I mean by that is ii is always told a different way like the myth about Athena and Arachne quilting one says Athena won and changed Arachne into a spider for her arrogance, another says Athena became jealous and turned her into spider.

Also you should not base all your observations about Greek myths based on the Percy Jackson series.

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I have read them and respect Mr. Riordan greatly, he is but one man and does not know everything about mythology, no matter how much we wish him to. Well typhon was not a Titan and was infact a storm giant, yes his parents where Gaia and Tartarus and yes they are the same parents as the Titans but that does not make him a Titan there are many other children of Gaia and Tartarus such as the elder Cyclopes,the hundred-handed-ones, and the Giants. Also Riordans books twist and turn Greek myth to interlace the myth with modern times and attract the readers attention.

I can write and read in greek so it makes it so much cooler. Also for the comment done by Torrin Harrison two comments above me. Gaia and Ouranos had the titans, Gaia and Tartarus had the giant race. She wasnt even one if the first primordials. Depending on what story you follow but the ones that i follow go like this. Then came Gaia and then Pontus and Ouranos. BTW, the primordial Chronos and the cronus you mentioned have different domains and Cronus the one you talked about isnt the titan of time, there isnt a titan of time.

Chronos the primordial is the primordial of time and Cronus the titian is the titan of destructive time, not time. Amber, i found something you dont know about Greek mythology.

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Kronos isnt the titan of time, that belongs to the primordial Chronos. Kronos is the titan of destructive time. Close but not quite. Too funny. Recommending Percy Jackson for history, hilarious. All of you are great.

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  • There are a few mistakes: Empusa should be spelled Empousi Plural: Empousai Typhon was under a mountain, not Tartarus The sphinx does not have the head of a woman; it has the head of a bird. Ok, first off, all this talk about the Titans and the Primordials is not relative to the subject which this post is about. Do not spend your time commenting about things that do not belong here.

    I have to do a Gr. This helped me a lot. My choice is going to be Typhon! I am going to complain about one thing though…. Why was Kronos not on there? It took Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon to kill him and send the remains to Tartarus. It only took Zeus to slay Typhon.

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    Guys there are so many versions of Greek Mythology. One says this and the other could say the total opposite. There is no right or wrong. What about the Fates? Even the Olympians were meant to have feared them. And also Enchinda should be on there.

    And no, Kronos swallowed his two sons Poseidon, and Hades. When he was full grown, Zeus chopped Kronos into bits with his own scythe. There are a shocking amount of commenters who seem to not know that the Sphinx is one of the many mythological creatures that happen to have been in multiple mythologies. They are not the exact same creatures but had similar appearances. Anyway, great list! I believe they all represent the personalities we see everyday. Destructive, malignant, slanderous, vindictive types that need to be removed.

    Our apologies, you must be logged in to post a comment. The first creature on our list is the sphinx; a monster that was said to have the body of a lion, the head of a woman, and the wings of an eagle. The sphinx is perhaps known best for her role in the legend of Oedipus. The story goes that as Oedipus was traveling down the road to Thebes, he is confronted by the mysterious creature.

    Although the exact riddle is not mentioned in early Greek legend, the popular version of the story tells that the Sphinx poses the following riddle to the young traveler…. Having been bested at her own game, the Sphinx throws herself from a high cliff.


    In some versions, the Sphinx devours herself out of anger and frustration. Had Oedipus not answered the riddle correctly, he would have been strangled and devoured by the creature, which had been the fate of so many travelers before him. The cyclops were primordial giants that were said to have been born from Gaia, the earth. They were said to possess great strength and ferocity, with one bulging eye protruding from their forehead. Fearing their power, the cyclops were thrown into the pits of Tartarus by their father Uranus.

    The monsters remained imprisoned when the titan Cronus overthrew Uranus and took his place as ruler of the universe. It was only when the Olympians came to power did the cyclops find freedom. The mighty Zeus released the monsters, who in turn would craft thunderbolts for the young Olympian. The monster blocks their escape and devours the flesh of his captives day after day. Being known for his cleverness, Odysseus devises a plan to escape. Odysseus offers to Polyphemus wine that the traveler brought along from his ship. The cyclops indulges and is soon very drunk.

    Odysseus and him men then escape from the cave of the monster by harnessing themselves to the under bellies of the numerous sheep that Polyphemus shepherds. Now completely blind, the monster feels the backs of the animals as they leave to graze; the cyclops is unaware that his captives are escaping silently, hiding under his flock. The monster was feared and believed to have been an omen for storms, shipwrecks and other natural disasters.