Mythological Characters


- the foreparts of this creature is that of an eagle and the rear, back legs, and hindquarters are of those of a lion
- there are three types of griffins:
1. snake-griffin: lion’s body, a snake’s head, bird’s legs
2. lion-griffin(the one in the picture): lion-like, has hind legs shaped like those of a bird
3. hippogryph: a mix of a griffin and a horse
- known in Egypt before 3300BC
- Greek and Romans used griffin images to guard tombs
- griffin has the speed, flight, and ultimate vision of the eagle and the strength, courage, and majesty of the lion

1. "Griffins." 24 May 2008 <>.

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