Considering that there's a lot of freaky sex - and even incest - in stories from ancient Greece and the fact that the gods and goddesses didn't seem to mind taking weird creatures as sex partners, it’s only natural that there are a lot of strange offspring in Greek myths. Just imagine: what would you expect to come out of a union between a woman and a bull? Or a god and the earth? What about a man and a cloud?
Some of these weird kids in Greek mythology were created from crazy sex, while others were simply born from strange, monstrous parents in unfathomable ways. Their weird nature was then amplified by a dark origin story.
With all these strange-looking creatures, it’s no wonder that films often take inspiration from Greek mythological creatures. It’s likely that you’ve seen a lot of these weirdest offspring from Greek myths in movies. Centaurs, Pegasus, and Hydra all come from Greek mythology. What’s even more interesting about them is the stories of where they came from and their family drama. Read on for some seriously strange origin stories about the weirdest offspring from Greek myths.
Almost everything about Erichthonius’s birth was weird. Hephaestus, god of blacksmiths and other craftsmen, tried to seduce the virgin Athena, but she ran from his advances. He chased and eventually caught her. Hephaestus attempted to rape Athena, but she fought him off. He ejaculated on her thigh and Athena wiped his semen off and it fell to the ground, where it impregnated Gaia (the Earth) instead. Almost instantly, Erichthonius emerged from the earth, fully formed. Some versions state that he has a half-man, half-serpent figure. Despite being born from soil, Athena was willing to raise him and he became a legendary ruler of Athens.
The Minotaur was the son of Pasiphae, Queen of Crete, and her husband's bull. So naturally, he had the physical feature of both creatures: a bull’s head and a man’s body. And, unfortunately, a beastly temper.
King Minos of Crete was given a very fine white bull by Poseidon so that he could kill it as an offering to the sea god. However, Minos refused to sacrifice the bull and decided to replace the offering with another bull. Furious, Poseidon cursed Pasiphae, causing her to uncontrollably lust for the bull. She eventually gave in to her repulsive desires and mated with it.
If you've heard of Medusa, well, just imagine three of her. While some stories claim that Medusa was born with a very beautiful form and later cursed with a head of snakes, others say she and her sisters have always been that horrendous. In fact, the name Gorgon is derived from a word that means “dreadful.” Their parents, ancient sea gods Phorcys and Ceto, notoriously gave birth to grotesque creatures. While only Medusa’s monstrous hair could turn humans into stone, all three of them have terrifying venomous snakes on their heads, a hideous face, and some horrendously large teeth.
Being born from a half-serpent half-human mother, Echidna, and Typhon, the god of destruction, it's not surprising that Cerberus is so monstrous. Cerberus is a dog-like creature with three vicious heads, snakes sprouting from his body, and a serpent as his tail. The creature's sinister origin and grotesque physical features impressed Hades, as he entrusted Cerberus to guard the underworld gates. One of Heracles’s twelve labors was to capture this beast alive with no weapons; a nearly impossible feat.