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Unicorns in Ancient Greek Mythology - Fun Facts for KS2 Study

Updated: Jun 20, 2023


Ever wonder why Unicorns don't turn up in Greek Mythology? The Greek Myths & Legends include every other form of fantasy creature & monster - so why not the unicorn?


That's because the Ancient Greeks believed unicorns were real.


Yep.


Various well-respected Ancient Greek scholars claimed to have spotted a Unicorn with their own eyes. As a result, everyone believed that they were real.


So they don't turn up in Greek Mythology because you can't write a myth about a creature that isn't mythical!


They did have a winged horse called Pegasus though. Pegasus popped out of Medusa's body (when Perseus chopped off her head) and then went on to help Bellerophon to defeat the Chimera. So I'd say that makes up for the lack of unicorns, don't you?


 

If you are a primary teacher then you'll definitely want Imagining History to bring their 'Ancient Greece: Hero Training' Interactive workshop to your school.


Our Award-Winning sessions combine role-play, storytelling, demonstrations, and drama and performance to bring history to life for your students.


In our 'Ancient Greece: Hero Training' workshop your students will learn all about the Myths & Legends of Ancient Greece by walking in the shoes of the great Greek heroes themselves.




 

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