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Perseus now a greek hero, holding Medusa's head right after it was chopped off


(This myth below is one of the popular Greek myths. It is about a boy named Perseus who is on a quest to cut of the grogan Medusa's head)

The story of Perseus:


Perseus, the son of Zeus and Danaë, was a Greek Mythological hero. His grandfather Acrisuis, heard from an oracle that Perseus was going to kill him. This king sent Perseus and Perseus's mother away across the sea, locked in a large chest so he would not be killed. They washed up on shore one night of the island of Seriphos and rested there. Polydectes (the king of the island Seriphos) grew very fond of Danaë and loved her from the first he saw her. Though he liked Perseus's mother, he did not like Perseus himself. One day when Perseus was just a little boy, Polydectes sent him on the quest to cut of Gorgon Medusa's (a maiden with snakes as hair) head so he could be alone with Danaë. On the quest, Perseus went first to the Graeae sisters, who only had one eye which they shared together. Perseus took the eye and agreed if they helped him with his quest, they would get it back. They helped him get from the nymphs that lived in the high mountians, a pair of winged sandals, a satchel (wallet), and Hades's cap of invisability. The sandals let him fly, the satchel was to carry the Gorgon's head, and the cap gave him invisibility when he wore it. By his side the whole quest for protection was Athena and Hermes. Hermes had given Perseus a sword because he knew he was going to need it during the journey. Wearing the cap, Perseus approached Medusa. Looking only at her reflection in his shield, he cut off her head. Right after Medusa's death, a pegasus was sent down from Athena to give Perseus a ride back to Acrisuis's kingdom. On the way, Perseus saw down below near the sea, a beautiful maiden tied to chains. He flew down and found out the beautiful maiden (named Andromeda) was there as a sacrifice to the great sea monster. Perseus loved Andromeda and made an agreement with her father that if he killed the vicious sea monster, he would get her hand in marrige. He succeeded at that just like he succeeded in killing Medusa. When Perseus came back with the accomplishment of cutting of Medusa's head, and a new wife, Polydectes was persecuting his mother. Perseus took out the head of Medusa and with the heads' power, turned Polydectes to stone. The head of Medusa was then given to Athena for her to insert in her aegis. Perseus went back to the kingdom of Acrisius and finally fulfilled the prophecy by accidentally killing Acrisuis (his grandfather/king of Argos) while throwing a Discus.




Greek Name: Perseus, or Perseos (Greek: Περσεύς, Περσέως)
Family Background: Father is Zeus, Mother is Danaë, Grandfather is Acrisuis or Argos, Father in Law is Cepheus, Mother in Law is Cassiopia and wife is Andromeda.
Symbols: Because of Perseus killing Medusa, He is mostly seen with the head of Medusa in his hands. (His constellation in the sky also)
Special Abilities: The ability to become invisable because of Hades cap of invisability and the ability to fly because of the flying sandals.




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This is the constellation of Perseus holding Medusa's head

Facts about Perseus:


  • Perseus's parents are Zeus and Danaë.
  • He married a maiden named Andromeda
  • Together Andromeda and Perseus had 7 sons and 2 daughters. There names are Perses, Alcaeus, Heleus, Mestor, Sthenelus,
Electryon and Cynurus, and two daughters, Gorgophone and Autochthoe
  • Perseus has a constellation named after him.The constellation looks like Perseus holding Medusa's head.
  • Found Mycenae and the Perseid Dynasty
  • Perseus had NO brothers or sisters and was an only child.
  • At Perseus and Andromeda's wedding feast, Perseus had to turn Andromeda's uncle, Phineus, into stone.
  • Perseus was also in the Myth "Metomorphoses" where he turned Atlas into stone.



This is a video of the story of Perseus cutting off Medusa's head:



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