An opportunity arose when Perseus rashly boasted he could slay the dreaded Gorgon Medusa, whose stare could instantly turn men to stone. This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon this content non-commercially, as long as they credit the author and license their new creations under the identical terms. In exchange, Perseus would become the ruler of Tiryns. Though these sisters were immortal, Medusa clearly was not. He was born to Danae, his mother, who was a mortal meaning that she was not a God. In another version of the myth, Medusa had asked Athena if she might leave the far North where she lived and visit the South so that she might see the sun for the first time.
Perseus was able to fly to their lair thanks to his flying sandals that he now had. At length Perseus found the nymphs and got the gear. This being their only way to see things, they had no choice but tell him about the location. And whoever dared to look into her face ended up being turned into stone. Instead, Perseus arranged an exchange of kingdoms, and Perseus would give the throne of Argos to Megapenthes, the son of Proetus, whilst he succeeded Megapenthes as the king of Tiryns and Midea. When the Phorkides had led Perseus to the Nymphai, he returned them their tooth and eye.
Why, I see that already the bride is eager to enjoy our love to the full. He overcame the monster and released the princess from chains. Andromeda and the Return Home As is incredibly common in these tales, he also managed to meet a woman on the way home. Many variations of the old stories have been told. The head of a dreadful monster, the Gorgo, covered the broad of his back, and a bag of silver--a marvel to see--contained it: and from the bag bright tassels of gold hung down. Furthermore, the manly prowess of those of whom we are now about to write presupposes an amazing pre-eminence when compared with the nature of the women of our day.
The resultant Third Macedonian War 171—168 began with a Macedonian cavalry victory and then dragged on indecisively. But the hero had a trick or two up his sleeve, and by seizing that which by virtue of its scarcity and indispensability they valued above all else, he made them tell him what he wanted to know about the location of the water nymphs. The cruel king believed he would never see Perseus again. Herdsmen and shepherds, anyone in the place! Acrisius, remembering the oracle, escaped to Larissa, in the country of the Pelasgians; but Perseus followed him, in order to persuade him to return Paus. Why, exactly, Athena had it in for Medusa is not entirely clear. A fisherman of Seriphos, foster-father of Perseus. Polydectes actually had a fairly cunning plan to get rid of Perseus and get to Danae.
Perseus left Serifos on a ship in search of Medusa. Zeus, send me some help in this plight, I beg you! So Acrisius straightaway stuck daughter and infant into a brazen chest and pushed it out to sea. The deed itself no one has described. But Zeus having metamorphosed himself into a shower of gold, came down upon her through the roof of the apartment, and became by her the father of Perseus. After years of ruling over the kingdom of Mycenae, he died of old age.
But Prokles Procles , the son of Eukrates, a Carthaginian, thought a different account more plausible than the preceding. Aldrich Greek mythographer C2nd A. You have heard all I have to say. Please note: Text within images is not translated, some features may not work properly after translation, and the translation may not accurately convey the intended meaning. The most obvious is that the series' lead villains have a which serves as their headquarters and is called The Princess Andromeda. From that meeting with the very amorous Zeus, Danae did become pregnant and had a child while still imprisoned.
Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology: Perseus. Returning to Argos, Acrisius was now far more concerned about the longevity of his life than having a male heir. Zeus, however, visited Danae in the form of golden rain and joined with her. Atlas though was still very much alive, and non-petrified, when he was encountered by Heracles, the great-grandson of Perseus. Several changes were made in regard to the myth, most notably that Perseus did not marry Andromeda after he rescued her from the sea monster.
As he flew out of the cave the two other gorgons awoke to see the decapitated body of Medusa and cried in distress and flew out to seek the unseen attacker, but Perseus was already gone. There are variations in the other stories of Perseus, as well as in all of Greek mythology. . Perhaps naturally, this scared Arcisius. Acrisius was married to Eurydice, daughter of King Lacedaemon, and Eurydice would bear to Acrisius but one child, a daughter who was named Danae.
King of Pisa in Elis, killed the suitors of his daughter in a chariot race. Won't he always be the same towards me, as time goes on? The story of Perseus is adventurous, as indeed befits a demigod. Perseus is perhaps the oldest of the heroes with depictions of his beheading of the Gorgon Medusa being amongst the earliest scenes from appearing in art. Grant Roman mythographer C2nd A. Is it a monster of the sea that meets my eyes, a grampus or a shark or a whale ketos? When Akrisios later learned that she had given birth to Perseus, not believing that Zeus seduced her, he cast his daughter out to sea with her son on an ark. Later, when the hero finally found Atlas' daughters, they gave him kibsis, the only sack able to contain the head of Medusa. While fleeing the other Gorgons, Medusa's sisters, Perseus asked Atlas for help.
A kingdom in the Greek Peloponnese and its chief town. Choose a language from the menu above to view a computer-translated version of this page. Polydektes immediately challenged Perseus to make good on his promise and if he failed, then the king would take possession of his mother Danae. The discus hit and immediately killed King Acrisius, thus fulfilling the prophecy of the oracle at Delphi so many years before this event. One of these was Electryon, the father of , whose union with produced the most complete Greek ever,. Some versions say all three were born as monsters, but the predominant myths had them as gorgeous maidens. This suggests that you could be turned to stone just by gazing at Medusa, though most versions of the myth have it that it was the power of her gaze that counted.