Common Names: Griffin, Griffon, Gryphon
The myth of the griffin may have originated in the Levant region, before spreading throughout Ancient Greece and Asia. Griffin-like creatures are found in the mythology of Persia and Egypt, as well as Mesopotamia, as far back as the year 3000 B.C.
Griffins were seen as powerful beasts, often guarding treasure or other valuable objects. Since the lion is said to be king of beasts, and the eagle is said to be king of birds, the griffin was believed to combine the majesty of both.