We all have some kind of idea of the definition of a unicorn. It’s a magical horse with a single horn on its forehead, right?
But then, there are borderline cases that we can’t be sure of whether they are unicorns. One of these borderline cases is Pegasus. Is Pegasus a unicorn or not?
Today, we are going to find out all about the Pegasus myth. We will also discuss the difference between Pegasus, a unicorn, and a winged unicorn.
What Is Pegasus?
In Greek mythology, Pegasus is a mythical winged divine horse and an offspring of Poseidon, one of the gods in Greek mythology. So, in Greek mythology, Pegasus is a single creature, not a mythical species like a unicorn.
However, in modern times Pegasus is often mentioned as if it was a mythical animal species, not just a single creature called Pegasus.
According to Greek mythology, Pegasus was an orphan, and he was raised by muses and the goddess Athena. He created springs of inspiration just by striking his mythical hooves to the ground.
Pegasus was a faithful servant of Zeus. In fact, he was so faithful, that Zeus transformed him into a constellation as a token of gratitude.
Is Pegasus a Unicorn?
A definition of a unicorn is an animal with a single horn. Pegasus doesn’t have a horn, so it is not a unicorn. It is a mythical winged horse.
What Kind of Magical Powers Do the Pegasi Have?
The Pegasi can travel between the mortal and the immortal world.
The Pegasi also magically inspire poets. Whenever a poet goes near Pegasus, it strikes its hooves to the ground. The poet gets so inspired by this, that magical poetry is born. Speaking of poets, here are a few unicorn poems to inspire you.
What if Pegasus Could Have Both Wings and a Horn?
So, Pegasus has wings but it doesn’t have a horn. The unicorn has a magical horn, but it doesn’t have wings. What if you could have both wings and a horn?
Well, you can, actually. That is what happens when a Pegasus and a unicorn have a baby. A winged unicorn, or pegacorn, is born. These lucky little ones are born with both wings and a horn.
Oh yes, a Pegasus and a unicorn can have a baby together. It is not so much because they are both magical creatures, they are just similar enough to be able to mate. It is the same as horses and zebras, I think. They are not magical creatures, but they are still able to mate with each other.
Pegasus Is Not a Unicorn, It Is a Divine Winged Horse
In conclusion, this is what you should know about Pegasus:
- Pegasus is a mythical winged horse in Greek mythology
- Pegasus was an offspring of Poseidon and a faithful servant to Zeus
- According to Greek mythology, Pegasus inspired poets and was able to travel between the mortal and immortal world
- Pegasus doesn’t have a horn, so it is not a unicorn
- In Greek mythology, Pegasus was a single creature
- These days the Pegasi are often talked about as a mythical animal species, not only as a single animal
- A winged unicorn is an offspring of a Pegasus and a unicorn
What is your opinion, is Pegasus a unicorn? Why, or why not? Is there anything else you know about the mythical Pegasus? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!
I also recommend you our Pegasus quiz.