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The only son of Zeus and Danae – and, thus, a half-god by birth – Perseus was of the Seripheans; and it seems that he managed the situation quite superbly, He tried wooing her and eventually even asked her hand in marriage, but the. In Greek mythology, Perseus is the legendary founder of Mycenae and of the Perseid dynasty, Perseus was the son of Zeus and Danaë, the daughter of Acrisius, King of Argos. Disappointed by his lack of luck in Perseus slew the monster and, setting her free, claimed her in marriage. Perseus rescuing Andromeda from. Learning Guide and Teacher Resources for Perseus written by PhD students from Stanford, Relationship status, Married to Andromeda Sons of Zeus.
Hermes lent Perseus winged sandals to fly, and Athena gave him a polished shield. Perseus then proceeded to the Gorgons' cave. In the cave he came upon the sleeping Medusa. By viewing Medusa's reflection in his polished shield, he safely approached and cut off her head. From her neck sprang Pegasus "he who sprang" and Chrysaor "sword of gold"the result of Poseidon and Medusa's mating.
The other two Gorgons pursued Perseus,  but, wearing his helm of darkness, he escaped. From here he proceeded to visit King Atlas who had refused him hospitality; in revenge Perseus turned him to stone. Perseus und Andromeda, c. Cassiopeia, having boasted her daughter Andromeda equal in beauty to the Nereidsdrew the vengeance of Poseidonwho sent an inundation on the land and a sea serpent, Cetuswhich destroyed man and beast.
The oracle of Ammon announced that no relief would be found until the king exposed his daughter Andromeda to the monster, and so she was fastened naked to a rock on the shore. Perseus slew the monster and, setting her free, claimed her in marriage. Perseus rescuing Andromeda from Cetus, depicted on an amphora in the Altes MuseumBerlin Perseus married Andromeda in spite of Phineusto whom she had before been promised. At the wedding a quarrel took place between the rivals, and Phineus was turned to stone by the sight of Medusa's head that Perseus had kept.
Oracle fulfilled[ edit ] The Doom Fulfilled,Southampton City Art Gallerypart of a series paintings revolving around Perseus, created by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones Perseus then returned his magical loans and gave Medusa's head as a votive gift to Athenawho set it on Zeus ' shield which she carriedas the Gorgoneion see also: The fulfillment of the oracle was told several ways, each incorporating the mythic theme of exile.
In Pausanias  he did not return to Argos, but went instead to Larissawhere athletic games were being held. He had just invented the quoit and was making a public display of them when Acrisius, who happened to be visiting, stepped into the trajectory of the quoit and was killed: Thus the oracle was fulfilled.
This is an unusual variant on the story of such a prophecy, as Acrisius' actions did not, in this variant, cause his death. The Baleful Head,Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. This part of the series plays with the theme of the reflected gaze, as Perseus has Andromeda look at the Gorgon's head, but only as reflected in the well.
Boyle Roman poetry C1st B. Maia, Electra, Taygete [lay] with Jove [Zeus].Miscellaneous Myths: Perseus
Rouse Greek epic C5th A. The father of Helene the Greeks like everybody else hold to be not Tyndareus but Zeus. Kalyke, Thessalian princess; 2.
Aithlios, king of Elis; 2. Endymion, king of Elis.
Aethlius by Protogenia, daughter of Deucalion. He led Aeolians forth from Thessalia and founded Elis. A man of unrivalled beauty, he was loved by Selene.
When he was given a wish of his choice by Zeus, he chose to remain immortal and unaging in eternal sleep.
Krinakos, king of Olenos. Maia, nymph of Mt Kyllene; 2. Kallisto, princess of Arkadia. Hermes, god of flocks; 2. Arkas, king of Arkadia. Semele, princess of Thebes; 1. Alkmene, Theban lady; 3 - 4. Antiope, princess of Thebes; 5. Dionysos, god of wine; 2. Herakles, Theban hero; 3 - 4. Orion, giant prince of Hyria. Rackham Roman rhetorician C1st B. Jupiter [Zeus] then and Lysithoe were the parents of the Hercules who is recorded to have had a tussle with Apollo about a tripod.
Jones Greek geographer C1st B. Since they were received hospitably by him, they promised him whatever he should ask for.
He asked for children. Mercurius [Hermes] brought out the hide of the bull which Hyrieus had sacrificed to them; they urinated in it, and buried it in the earth, and from it Orion was born.
He had the ability of running over the waves as if on land. Aristomachus says that there lived a certain Hyrieus at Thebes--Pindar puts him on the island of Chios - who asked from Jove [Zeus] and Mercurius [Hermes] when they visited him that he might have a child.
To gain his request more readily he sacrificed an ox and put it before them for a feast. When he had done this, Jove and Mercurius asked him to remove the hide from the ox; then they urinated in it, and bade him bury the hide in the ground. From this, later on, a child was born whom Hyrieus called Urion Urine from the happening, though on account of his charm and affability he came to be called Orion.
I should sing the cause of this constellation. Jupiter [Zeus] and his brother who rules the broad sea [Poseidon] were travelling the road with Mercurius [Hermes]. It was the time when yokes bring back the upturned plough and stooping lams milk their bursting ewes. By chance an old farmer of a narrow plot, Hyrieus, spots them, as he stood by his little hut. They take his offer and hide their godhead.
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They pass under the old man's smoke-blacked, filthy roof; a small fire glowed from yesterday's log. Jupiter's [Zeus'] words were: Where is she now, you ask? Sealed in an urn. I gave her an oath, with you as my witness. I want to be, not a husband, but a father. I am ashamed to speak any further [the three gods urinated on the hide]. Then they blanketed the sodden spot with soil. It was now ten months, and a boy was born. Hyrieus calls him Urion from his mode of birth; then the first letter lost its ancient sound.
Then a hollow of the earth was made midwife to earth's unbegotten son. Elare, princess of Orkhomenos. After Zeus had seduced Elare, in fear of Hera he hid her beneath the earth, where she gave birth to their enormous son Tityos, and led him forth into the light of day.
Arkesios, king of Kephalleneia. Melville Roman epic C1st B. In myth heroes and gods are created to dominate and subjugate the female and natural forces over and over again in various forms, the most common of them being gigantic snakes and serpent monsters. The chthonic identity of the Great Goddess becomes associated with powers of darkness, chaos, and death that need to be subdued by the Olympian gods.
What had been cyclical with the Great Goddess becomes cut so that instead of being associated with the cycle of life, death, and regeneration, she becomes identified with the negative functions. Metope from the Temple at Selinus c. Pegasus, the winged horse that sprang from the severed neck, is being held by Medusa.
Perseus gave the head of Medusa to Athena who mounted it on her breastplate, the gorgoneion.
A comparison of one of the large number of representations of the story of Perseus Medusa from Archaic Greek art to the Minoan Snake Goddess illustrates the profound change that occurred with the supremacy of the Olympian Gods.
A striking aspect of the Snake Goddess is her frontality combined with her hypnotic stare. The power of this stare was probably intended to strike the original viewers with intense religious feelings of of terror and awe. This expression transcends categories of good and evil. On the other hand, it was the sight of the "terrible" visage of Medusa that would turn men into stone.
The powerful gaze in the Minoan work becomes entirely negative and demonized and something to be overcome in the figure of Medusa. Perseus, the son of Zeus and the mortal Danae, slays Medusa with his sword, and thus he destroys the terrifying chthonic powers of the female for more on Medusa see the paper by Alicia Le Van. The following excerpt from Bullfinch's Mythology illustrates how the demonization of Medusa persists into our modern imagination: Medusa was a terrible monster who had laid waste to the country.