Acrisius, not wanting to provoke Zeus, hurled his daughter and grandson in a wooden chest into the sea. With a promising plot that gets more complicated as the story progresses, this myth has a typical Hollywood-like scenario with the main character not being born yet at the moment when his destiny was determined. Polydectes rejoiced that the youth would probably never return from his travels and concluded that he could marry Danae without difficulty. They have but one eye, and their voices are hollow, and their forms unlovely; but be not alarmed by aught which they may say. Once Perseus came of age, he rejected Polydectes' wish to marry Danae. Perseus bade them farewell, and sped on his journey to the heart of the far country where Medusa dwelt.
Athena provided the hero with valuable wisdom and advised him to seek out the Graeae, three old women who guarded valuable treasures that would help Perseus to defeat Medusa. Here he found a wonderful tree upon which hung golden apples. Nor will this beautiful aegis be of use. When they got there Danae was locked away and basically being held as a slave for not wanting to marry Polydectes. When Perseus confessed that he had no gift, he offered any gift the king would name. Now this is the part that I couldn't understand: how could they show him the way or take him there, when he had their eye? They were eager enough to get back their eye, so they told Perseus that the Nymphs of the Garden of Hesperides, in the far-away land of Atlas, would tell him what he wished to know. Polydectes fell in love with Perseus' mother and wished to marry her but Perseus was protective of his mother since he believed Polydectes to be dishonorable.
Perseus did not like this idea and refused to consent to his mother's marriage. Summary Continued He gathers her head and fleas the remaining gorgons as they cry in agony and anger. Hold it thus, and you can. Each scale had a pearly lustre, and the serpent's eyes sparkled like diamonds. Soon after this, trying to get rid of , , the king of Seriphos, sent the great on a quest which he believed must be his final one. But Danae did not love the king, arid she knew full well that Perseus would be safer in the humble home of Dictys, so she refused to become the wife of Polydectes.
Tell me, I pray you, when I can find her? Polydectes planned a way to get rid of Perseus. Lesson Summary The story of young Perseus and his quest to defeat the Gorgon monster Medusa bears several themes common among Greek mythology. So Acrisius locked his daughter away in a chamber, but Zeus transformed into a shower of and impregnated her anyway. Perseus, Pegasus and Athena It happened that a brave fisherman, Dictys, had come down to the seashore to cast his net. Their names were Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa.
Medusa was a foul creature with snakes as hair. Perseus will gladly help to free you from these chains which some monster has forced upon tender wrists. In Greek there is, also, Hesiod's description of ' shield which describes the events of Perseus and Medusa. Chained to the cliff wall he sees a beautiful woman. Perseus - A Myth with a Moral Many of the ancient Myth Stories, like the legend of Perseus, incorporate tales with morals that provided the old story-tellers with short examples of exciting tales for kids and children of how to act and behave and reflected important life lessons. Poor Danae was as helpless as the child asleep on her bosom. They led him to a high cliff, and pointed to the northward; and they gave him a cap which had the power of making its wearer invisible.
On the way, he rescues a princess, Andromeda, from a sea dragon. Perseus - Medusa Coin Series. Immediately after the Gorgon was beheaded, sprung out from her neck. Looking into his shield, he saw that the serpents had ceased to writhe, and he knew that Medusa was dead. One of the great deeds which all of the young men longed to do was the killing of the Gorgon,. I couldn't find the explanation in any source. Polydectes asks each man to give him some horses.
After many a bitter quarrel with his brother Proetus, he had given up to him the poorer half of the kingdom, and had kept the best for himself. Close by the museum, in the main plaza of Firenze Florence there is a sculpture of Perseus. Is your heart brave enough, and your courage great enough, that you dare to face a creature like this? It was a glad home-coming; to Perseus and to Danae and the good fisherman. Learn about the exciting adventures and dangerous quests undertaken by the mythical characters that feature in the hero myths, fables and stories about the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece and Rome that are available on this website. Such a mission would have been equivalent to suicide for Perseus and Polydectes did not expect him to ever return to Seriphus. She once was a beautiful girl but because she pissed off Athena, Athena transformed her into an ugly serpent lady. Her face was full of agony, and her white arms, lifted above her head, were chained to the rock.
Perseus rescued Andromeda from the monster and took her back with him to Serifos where they got married. Later, Perseus gave the head of Medusa to Athena to put on the front of her shield. At the beheading of Medusa, Pegasus and Chrysaor Poseidon's and her children sprang from her severed neck. His mother was very beautiful. Acrisius, the king of the Argos, had only one daughter, a beautiful girl named Danae. Before his return to his home of Seriphos, Perseus met the Altas, who he turned to stone with Medusa's head after some quarrelsome words, thus creating the Mountains of North. He hoped that by denying his daughter a husband, Acrisius could avoid the dark fate the oracle had promised.
He flashed down beside her; and when she saw the noble youth, she begged him to loose her bonds. Armed with his new weapons and the location of the monster, Perseus soon arrived at the home of the Gorgons. Among these were a sack called kibisis , a pair of winged sandals and the helmet of Hades, which made invisible whoever would wear it. However, despite the precautions Acrisius took, he could not hide his daughter's loveliness from the Greek god Zeus. They eventually came to the shores of Serifos island, where they were saved and adopted by a local couple, the man being the brother of the king of the island, Polydectes. Fortunately, Perseus was beloved of the gods. In some variations of the myth, Medusa was born a monster like her sisters, described as girded with , vibrating tongues, gnashing their teeth, having wings, brazen claws, and enormous teeth.
Then, moving silently with the winged sandals, he went where Medusa slept, looking at her image reflected in the bronze shield. Acrisius believed that both the mother and the infant would be drowned in the water or crushed against the rocky sea shore. They are believed to have been born old and to share just one eye among them which they would pass back and forth. Polydectes charged Perseus with killing one of the monster Gorgon sisters, thinking this would get him out of the picture permanently. In one hand he held a pair of winged sandals, and in the other, a shining sword.