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Greek Mythology Creatures Coloring Pages and Free Printables

Mythological Creatures Stained Glass Coloring Book (Dover)
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Mythological Creatures Stained Glass Coloring Book (Dover)
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Greek Mythology Creatures Coloring Pages and Free Printables

Don't you just love mythical beasts and monsters? I do, and my favorites are the Greek mythology creatures. I have selected some of the most fearsome and popular Greek mythology creatures to feature on this coloring pages and activities website. Coloring pages and activities (as well as books) about the Sphinx, the sirens, the Chimera, the Medusa, the Minotaur, the Lernean Hydra, and The Typhon. Not only will you find activities and printable coloring pages, but also information about all of these Greek mythology creatures.


Meet Some Cruel and Gruesome Greek Mythology Creatures

In Ancient Greece, the citizens had their hands full! Not only did they have to contend with the daily squabbles of Zeus and his gods, but they were also besieged with hideous monsters from both land and deep, monsters that could turn them to stone with a mere glance or leave their entrails hanging out after a gruesome goring.

Luckily, a few Ancient Greek heroes endowed with superhuman strength took up arms and slew these horrible creatures into extinction. However, while their presence no longer abides, their legacy continues to haunt us; tales of their horrible nature and cruel deeds still circulate in modern times.

Creatures of Greek Mythology
Creatures of Greek Mythology

When I was a kid I saw Clash of the titans and begged my father to draw me some mythology creatures so I can color them. We didn't have all these cool coloring books readily available. This one here includes Medusa, the Sphinx, Typhon, the Hydra and many more. Also includes information about each creature.

 

Medusa Coloring Pages - One of the most famous of all Greek mythology creatures

Perseus and Medusa's Head
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Perseus and Medusa's Head
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From a tragic story arose possibly the most famous of all Greek monsters. Medusa was originally a beautiful young woman highly sought after by men. When the god Poseidon spied her worshipping in Athena's temple, he was overcome by lust, entered the structure and took her by force. Angered by the carnal desecration of her chaste temple, Athena punished the maiden by turning her into a fearsome creature: her once beautiful black hair now a nest of snakes, her lovely figure turned into a serpent's slithering body, and her eyes so fearsome that they would turn men and beast into stone when they gazed upon her. After the change, Medusa wrought terror in her new form. Many tried to seek her out and slay her, but to no avail. She met her match in the hands of Perseus, the first mythological Greek hero, who cunningly used the reflected image of Medusa on his shield in order to prevent having to look at her directly and used this to locate and decapitate her. Medusa's severed head retained the ability to turn living beings into stone and continued to be used by Perseus in his other pursuits in order to bring swift end to his enemies. Finally, Perseus surrendered her head to Athena, where it was eventually mounted on her Aegis as a final resting place.

Gorgon or Medusa Free Printable

Medusa free coloring page
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Perseus With Medusa Head Free Printable Coloring Page

Perseus with Medusa head
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Perseus with Medusa head

Coloring page I made with GIMP from a public Domain image {{PD-US}}. Click the image to download a larger size.

Bellerophon Riding Pegasus Fighting the Chimaera
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Bellerophon Riding Pegasus Fighting the Chimaera
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Chimera Chimaera Coloring Pages

This monstrous abomination had the body and head of a lioness, a tail that ended in a serpent's head, and a goat's head erupting in the middle of its spine. While three animals amalgamated into a single entity might be nothing more than repulsive, the Chimera adds fear into the mix by its ability to breathe fire strong enough to melt metal. It terrorized villages in the ancient province Caria, and sightings of the Chimera heralded natural disasters. According to Greek mythology, the Chimera was eventually killed by the Greek hero Bellerophon during one of his quests. Bellerophon, while riding on the winged-horse Pegasus, managed to thrust a lump of lead down the Chimera's throat. The lead melted due to the Chimera's fiery breath, causing the monster to suffocate.


Sirens Coloring Pages

The Siren was a cross between a bird and a woman. They usually came together in groups and inhabited a rocky coastal island. Perched upon the crags, the Sirens lured sailors who were unfortunate enough to venture near their territory towards the rocks with an irresistible song, causing their vessels to shipwreck. Unlike other Greek monsters, the Siren was incredibly seductive and alluring, possessing the body of a beautiful woman as well as an irresistible voice that would cause men to fling themselves into the sea in a wild passion, hoping to join the Sirens on their island. Unfortunately, the sailors would either drown in the roaring waves, or if they were successful in reaching the island, would eventually starve to death in a blissful stupor as they continued to indulge in the Sirens' presence, oblivious to anything else including hunger. Later depictions added a more gruesome detail as the Sirens not only caused sailors to devolve into abandon but also eat the poor fools as well. The Sirens met their end when Odysseus, the cleverest of the Greeks, ordered his men to tie him to the mast of his ship so he can hear the Sirens' song but not die in the process. When the Sirens called, Odysseus found himself beset with a frenzied longing to join the maidens on their island but could not do so because of the ropes restraining him. Once his shipped passed from earshot, the Sirens threw themselves into the depths of the sea, having been destined to die in the event that a mortal man should hear their song and live to tell about it.

A Coloring book of the Odyssey from the art of Ancient Greece (Greek Edition)
A Coloring book of the Odyssey from the art of Ancient Greece (Greek Edition)

The cover depicts Ulysses and the Sirens. These coloring pages are all based on antique Greek art pieces.

 

Terrible Greek Mythology Creatures and the Most Famous Hero of all Time - The Adventures of Odysseus Coloring Book

You can't beat a Dover coloring book: cheap, nicely detailed and informative coloring pages.

The Adventures of Ulysses (Dover Classic Stories Coloring Book)
The Adventures of Ulysses (Dover Classic Stories Coloring Book)

27 illustrations from one of the most famous adventure ever. Odysseus (also known as Ulysses) encounters creatures of all kind: sirens, Cyclops, Giants and more.

 

Minotaur Coloring Pages

Image of minotaur in Public Doamin
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Image of minotaur in Public Doamin
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The Minotaur came about as an unholy union between Minos' wife Pasiphae and a snow-white bull called the Cretan Bull. This event happened when Minos, the King of Crete, incurred the wrath of Poseidon by refusing to sacrifice the bull in Poseidon's honor because he was awestruck by the beast's beauty. Poseidon enacted revenge by causing Minos' wife to lust after the bull and eventually mate with it. The resulting creature was the half-man, half-bull Minotaur, wild and untamable, craving the flesh of men. Because of its violent nature, Minos had the monster imprisoned within a winding labyrinth. He later found use for it after a bitter war between Crete and Athens, wherein Crete emerged victorious. As a sign of their subjugation, Minos required Athens to send seven male youths and seven female virgins every nine years to Crete in order to be sacrificed to the Minotaur. This grisly tribute continued up to the third cycle until Thesseus, the Athenian founder-hero, decided to go to Crete himself in order to slay the Minotaur. With the aid of Minos' daughter who fell in love with him, Thesseus navigated the labyrinth by unraveling a ball of thread as he went along in order to help him find his way back. When he spotted the Minotaur, a furious battled ensued and ended with Thessues slaying the dreaded creature, putting an end to its cruel slaughter.

The Lernean Hydra Coloring Pages

Hydre [Public domain],
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Hydre [Public domain],


Heracles, possibly the most well-known Greek hero, possessed superhuman strength uncontested by any other man. He was aptly matched with the horror known as the Lernean Hydra. The Hydra was a humongous, snakelike creature with multiple heads which were said to be too numerous that ancient painters were unable to portray all of it in their works. The monstrous Hydra also had an extremely potent poison circulating in its blood and noxious fumes emanating from its body as well as the area around its lair. The worst, however, was its ability to regrow and multiply its heads in the event that they are cut off. Faced with the seemingly impossible task of killing the Hydra, the hero Heracles enlisted the aid of his nephew. Heracles covered his nose and mouth with cloth to avoid inhaling the poison and proceeded to battle the beast by cutting off its heads one by one. Meanwhile, his nephew used fire to cauterize the bleeding stumps before the heads could regenerate. With their teamwork, the dreaded Hydra was slain.

Adventures of Hercules Coloring Book - 24 Greek mythology coloring pages

The Sphinx

Oedipus And The Sphinx [Public domain],
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Oedipus And The Sphinx [Public domain],


As opposed to the feral Chimera, the Sphinx was an enigmatic creature said to be capable of speech. It had the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle, and the head of a woman. In Greek mythology, the Sphinx guarded the passageway to the city of Thebes. Those who sought entrance must first answer her riddle, which went "What creature in the morning goes on four legs, at mid-day on two, and in the evening upon three, and the more legs it has, the weaker it be?" Those who answered incorrectly soon met a gruesome end as the Sphinx's jaws closed in on them. The Sphinx was eventually bested when Oedipus, the Greek figure known for killing his father and marrying his mother, answered the riddle correctly: a man. The logic goes that man crawls on all fours as an infant, walks on two legs as an adult, and walks with the aid of a cane in old age. Having been outdone, the Sphinx hurled itself from a great height and died.

Free Printable: Sphinx

Sphinx coloring page
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Sphinx coloring page
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Typhon Coloring Pages

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typhon [Public domain],


If there was one mythological monster that rose above all others, it was Typhon. Typhon was known as the "father of all monsters" since he, along with his wife Echidna, gave birth to a plethora of creatures such as the Sphinx, Lernean Hydra, and Chimera. He was fought by no other than Zeus himself. Zeus suffered tremendous damage during the clash and even had his sinews torn off. It's no wonder, since Typhon was said to have a height that reached the stars, arms with a hundred dragon heads each that encompassed the east and west, gigantic wings which covered his frame, a huge snakelike tail with a hundred legs, and eyes which emitted fire. Zeus managed to gain the upper hand only with the aid of the winged god Hermes. After the momentous battle, the bruised and battered Zeus trapped the terrible Typhon underneath Mount Etna, never to be released again.

Your Favorite Among These Greek Mythology Creatures?

  • Medusa
  • Minotaur
  • Sphinx
  • Chimera
  • Sirens
  • Typhon
  • Lernean Hydra
  • Another not listed (you can tell me about it in the guestbook below)
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minpinmojo76 12 months ago

Love greek mythology. Coloring pages are a great way to introduce mythology to children


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Gypzeerose 14 months ago Level 4 Commenter

These are amazing. Man coloring books have evolved since I was a kid.


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KimGiancaterino 15 months ago from California

The movie "Jason and the Argonauts" made such an impression on me as a kid. I enjoyed learning about Greek mythology after that. Luckily I had great teachers who enjoyed sharing the wonders of Greek history and mythology. Nice coloring pages!


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julieannbrady 16 months ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA Level 6 Commenter

If I were to be intrigued by coloring pages, it might as well be some intelligent designs such as Greek Mythology.


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Redneck Lady Luck 16 months ago from Canada Level 3 Commenter

I had an amazing high school English teacher who was very fascinated by mythology and the creatures who dwelt there. We would all sit silent while she told us tales and quips of beasts and the Gods who resided there. She really brought out in my a love of Greek and Roman mythology. These page designs reminded me of that school year.


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flycatcherrr 19 months ago

Love your Perseus wielding his sword with such energy, and the Medusa head. Those ancient Greeks had some 'colourful characters' in their mythology!


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MissNikkiSays 19 months ago

Those Prisma Color pencils are actually really great quality. I need to get my hands on some soon. Love the coloring pages!


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Lady Lorelei 22 months ago from Canada Level 6 Commenter

Just stopped by to wish you a happy holiday season. There are so many fantastic mythological creatures and the Greek mythology creatures you feature in coloring pages really are intriguing. Half human half animal seems to be the theme. Best wishes for the season my friend.


jvcronje 23 months ago

I have always liked Greek mythological monsters and my favo(u)rite has always been the griffin. Awesome creature.


olmpal 2 years ago

Greek Mythology Creatures Coloring Pages is a great idea for a lens! Fun and informative at the same time!


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ggruden2 2 years ago

The greek mythology is very interesting!


anonymous 2 years ago

Fascinating stuff from Greek mythology!


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Lady Lorelei 2 years ago from Canada Level 6 Commenter

The old mythology is so very magical. I remember an English teacher in grade 8 spinning the tales of gods and goddesses in our imaginative minds and I have been fascinated by them ever since. Love how you have sprinkled the Greek Gods and other legendary creature coloring pages among your information.


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Heather426 2 years ago from Amarillo, Texas Level 1 Commenter

wow, so happy to find Greek Mythology coloring pages that are completely legal!!! wonderful page for teaching Greek Mythology!


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KathyMcGraw2 2 years ago from California Level 2 Commenter

Another educational coloring page...added this to my new paper.li Fun Kids Stuff and RT'd on Twitter as it is nice to see something of value for both the kids and the parent.


anonymous 2 years ago

I'm reading the Adventures of Ulysses with my son. Loved it as a kid. I'll bring him by your page. Nice lens.


starcraft2guidefornobs 2 years ago

awesome lens, i'm a big fan of greek mythology


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Missmerfaery444 2 years ago Level 1 Commenter

Love Greek mythology! (well, all mythology lol) Always wonderful to see a well-done coloring page, you've got some great resources and pictures here! Blessed


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Lee Hansen 2 years ago from Vermont Level 3 Commenter

Medusa is sometimes my muse ... and I too am a fan of wonderfully color rich Prismacolor pencils. Bravo on a wonderful coloring pages lens that will appeal to adults and kids.


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Elric22 2 years ago

Great idea. Thanks! Good way to share mythology with my four year old.

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