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He first thinks it is a female and names it "Bessie". The Ophiotaurus thinks that Percy is his protector.

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Later, the creature is brought to Olympus via a magic water bubble and is put under the care of Percy's father, Poseidon, the Greek sea god. The Ophiotaurus was the creature that Artemis tried to kill before the Titans got a hold of it. The legend goes that if someone slays the creature and burns the entrails insides in a fire, then they have the power to overthrow the gods. In Greek mythology, it is shown to be a male and in Percy and the Olympians Grover points out this fact.

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Categories : Mythological hybrids Greek legendary creatures Greek mythology stubs. Hidden categories: Articles containing Greek-language text All stub articles. Helios , also known as the titan of the sun , is said to have had seven herds of oxen and seven flocks of sheep, each numbering fifty head.


Tiresias and Circe both warn Odysseus to shun the isle of Helios. When Eurylochus begs to be allowed to land to prepare supper, Odysseus grudgingly agrees on condition that the crew swear that if they come upon a herd of cattle or a great flock of sheep, no one will kill any of them. They are held on the isle for a month by an unfavorable storm sent by Poseidon. When Odysseus goes up the island to pray to the gods and ask for help, Eurylochus convinces the crew to drive off the best of the cattle of Helios and sacrifice them to the gods: "if he be somewhat wroth for his cattle with straight horns, and is fain to wreck our ship, and the other gods follow his desire, rather with one gulp at the wave would I cast my life away, than be slowly straitened to death in a desert isle.

But it is too late, the cattle are dead and gone. Lampetie tells Helios that Odysseus' men have slain his cattle.

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  • In turn, Helios orders the gods to take vengeance on Odysseus' men. He threatens that if they do not pay him full atonement for the cattle, he will take the sun to the Underworld and shine it among the dead.


    Zeus promises Helios to smite their ship with a lightning bolt and cleave it in pieces in the midst of the ocean. Soon the gods show signs and wonders to the Odysseus' men.

    The skins begin creeping and the flesh bellowing upon the spits, both the roast and raw, and there is a sound like the voice of cattle.