posted on Jul, 9 2012 @ 04:35 PM
Continuing on my list of interesting places; of archaeological or mythological interest that I visited I next go to:
The flames burning since classical times, a methane flame from a natural source in the mountain
One of the great myths of Greeks, of a monster they called the Chimaera (Khimaira) was a fire breathing monsters part lion, goat and snake. Chimera
was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra. Like many Greek legends this has an
earlier history. The pre-Hittite Chimera from Carchemish, dated to circa 800 BC, perhaps provided the basis for the Greek legend. It differs from
the Greek version in that while there are three heads, none of them is that of a goat, only a main human head, a lion's head facing forward and
placed on the chest of the lion's body, and a snake's head placed at the end of the tail.
The ancients placed the chimaera near a mountian in what is now southern Turkey.
Strabo noted it
Then, next, one comes to Anticragus, a steep mountain, where is Carmylessus, an inhabited place situated in a ravine; and, after this, to Cragus,
which has eight promontories and a city of the same name. The scene of the myth of Chimaera is laid in the neighborhood of these mountains. Chimaera,
a ravine extending up from the shore, is not far from them. At the foot of Cragus, in the interior, lies Pinara, one of the largest cities in Lycia.
Here Pandarus is held in honor, who may, perhaps, be identical with the Trojan hero, as when the poet says,“The daughter of Pandareus, the
nightingale of the greenwood,
The location was rediscovered by the work of Captain Beaufort (of the wind 'Scale') in 1811. It was then called by the name in the OP, Yanartas or
place of flames
Servius (Isidore of Seville) goes so far as to arrange these with the lions on the peak of the mountain, pastures full of goats in the middle, and
serpents all about the base, thus imitating Homer's description of the monster.
So perhaps a place thought to have serpents, goats and lions - and associated with flames gave rise to it legend