Top 10 most famous fights in Greek mythology

March 18, 2023 3 min read

Top 10 des combats les plus célèbres de la mythologie grecque

1 - The Trojan War

The Trojan War is a legendary war that is said to have taken place in the 12th century BC. BC between the Achaeans (Greeks) and the city of Troy, located in present-day Turkey. This war is best known thanks to the Iliad, an epic written by the Greek poet Homer.

The war lasted 10 years, during which both sides suffered heavy losses. The Greeks finally succeeded in taking the city of Troy using the trick of the famous Trojan Horse, which allowed them to enter the city and invade it from the inside.

The Trojan War is famous for its many legendary heroes and figures, such as Achilles, Hector, Odysseus and Priam. She is also known for the many episodes of courage, betrayal and love that were recounted in the Iliad.

The Troy war

2 - The Battle of the Titans

A conflict between the primordial gods and the Titans, the ancestors of the Olympian gods.

You can find a blog article on this subject just by clicking on the Titanomachy.

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Titanomachy

3 - Athena VS Ares

A duel between the two gods of war to determine who was stronger and who shook the earth.

Athena versus Ares

4 - The Battle of Thebes

A conflict between the seven Greek heroes and the sons of Septimius.

greek heroes

5 - The Battle of Marathon

The Battle of Marathon is a historic battle that took place in 490 BC between the Achaemenid Persian Empire and an alliance of Greek cities led by Athens.

The Athenians, led by the strategist Miltiades, formed an alliance with the Plataeans and other Greek cities to repel the Persian invasion. The Greeks managed to surprise the Persians when they landed at Marathon and defeated the Persian army, despite being numerically inferior.

According to legend, a Greek soldier named Philippides ran from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens, a distance of approximately 42 kilometers, to announce victory. He reportedly died of exhaustion after pronouncing the message “We have conquered!” before the assembly of Athenian citizens.

Persians and Greeks

6 - The Battle of Plataea

The Battle of Plataea took place in 479 BC during the Persian Wars, between a coalition of Greek cities and the Achaemenid Persian Empire.

After the Greek victory at the Battle of Salamis in 480 BC, the Persians continued their campaign in Greece, but were defeated at the Battle of Plataea in 479 BC. The Greeks, commanded by Pausanias of Sparta, managed to surround the Persians in their entrenched camp and defeat them thanks to their heavy infantry.

the plata war

7 - The fight between Bellerophon and the Chimera

Bellerophon killed the Chimera, a monster with the head of a lion, the tail of a serpent and the body of a goat. To defeat her, Bellerophon used a winged horse, Pegasus, which he had managed to tame with the help of the goddess Athena. He flew on Pegasus towards the Chimera, using a flaming spear to kill her.

Chimera vs Bellerophon

8 - The fight between Hercules and Antaeus

A duel between Hercules and Antaeus, a giant with superhuman strength.

Antaeus was a giant who was said to be invincible as long as he remained in contact with the earth. Each time he was knocked to the ground, he gained strength by absorbing energy from the earth and thus became even more powerful.

Hercules then had the idea of ​​grabbing it and holding it in the air, thus preventing it from touching the earth and regaining its strength. Heracles finally managed to suffocate Antaeus in his arms and thus defeated him.

Hercules and Antaeus

9 - The Battle of the Hydra of Lerna

Hercules fought the Lernaean Hydra, a nine-headed dragon, to complete his second task.

hercules and the hydra of lerna

10 - The fight between Perseus and the Gorgon Medusa

Perseus killed Medusa, a serpent-headed gorgon, to complete his third task.

When he encountered Medusa, Perseus used his shield as a mirror to avoid looking directly into the Gorgon's eyes and being petrified. He then used his sword to decapitate her and placed the severed head in a bag to take back to King Polydectes.

Perseus and Medusa


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