In order to understand her plight, one needs to know her original identity, the injustice incorporated in her situation and her downfall. Close by the museum, in the main plaza of Firenze Florence there is a sculpture of Perseus. This may have been why the goddess of virginity was so upset. She admired herself in her hand mirror for an hour each morning as she brushed her hair. Since Medusa was the only one of the three Gorgons who was mortal, Perseus was able to slay her while looking at the reflection from the mirrored shield he received from Athena. After that, Perseus dedicated Medusa's head to goddess Athena, who picked it up and pinned it in front of her shield. Since then, Medusa is the Gorgon, the mythical figure of death.
Legend says while she was there baby snakes dropped from her head and this is why there are plenty of snakes in Africa. The face that had unblinking eyes. They knew that Athena would be angry with Medusa for her comments. She had only the best intentions and placed her trust in the goddess Athena, who ultimately failed her and punished her for her actions that were beyond her control. The goddess fashioned a beautiful tapestry which illustrated the gruesome fate of the who had the hubris of challenging the gods. In the course of the Trojan War, she struck Ajax with madness.
The image of Medusa was on the breastplate of Alexander the Great. Using it, he was able to see Medusa as if looking in a mirror. She is known most specifically for her strategic skill in warfare and is often portrayed as companion of heroes and is the patron goddess of heroic endeavour. Athena, the Patron of Athens and had a much-publicized quarrel over who deserves to be the patron of the most prosperous Ancient Greek city,. Women were so jealous of Medusa. After all the research that I have done, I feel that Medusa is not truly this hideous, evil, monster.
A later version of the Gorgon story also tells of further differences between the Gorgons, for a story tells of how Medusa was not born monstrous but was transformed from a beautiful maiden into the famous monster by Athena. Since so many people told the stories, and then those stories were passed on by other people, the stories get changed and there become many different versions of the same story. However, it also led to snakes hating mankind for worshiping the Olympians. Beautiful Medusa Many know the name but are unaware of her beginnings. Athena cursed Medusa to lose all her beauty and made her an ugly monster.
The head of the Gorgon Medusa would then be given to the goddess Athena, who then incorporated it into her own shield; although some of the blood came into the possession of Asclepius who used it in his medicines, whilst a lock of hair was at one point owned by Heracles. Until one day Medusa and her friends went to the Parthenon. The home of Medusa and her sisters was a closely guarded secret, a secret kept by the Graeae, but Hesiod suggested that the Gorgons lived upon an island close to the Island of the at the western extremes of the known world, although later writers also claimed Medusa and hers sisters were to be found in Libya. Her story shows us that even the gods are prone to the sins that they heavenly provide themselves above. Polydektis accepts this commitment and decides to keep Danae into the palace until Perseus fulfils his obligation. Her tongue protrudes like snakes and her face is surrounded by a halo of spiraling, serpentine hair which symbolized the great cycles and her serpent wisdom. Her female wisdom, natural forces, powers of creativity, destruction and regeneration were demonized and made into something evil.
These are her two sons. Featured image: Head of Medusa by Peter Paul Rubens References Atsma, A. Thinking that the tallest of them would be able to spot their visitor, the other two passed their eye to the tall witch, but Perseus grabbed hold of it and imperilled to hurl it into the ocean if they failed to direct him to the gorgon. Athena is a well-recognized name in Greek mythology. This confirmed the power of the head, even dead, and filled Serifos Island of stones that looked like people.
Soon after this, the hero Perseus was sent on a quest, by King Polydectes of Seriphos, and Athena herself, to retrieve the head of the Gorgon, Medusa. Poseidon had a conflict with Athena and he saw Medusa as a possession that he could take from the goddess. The king then asked them both to offer a gift with tremendous value to help the city and its people. Perseus received the Cap of Invisibility from Hades, a pair of winged sandals from , a reflective bronze shield from Athena, and a sword from. Everyone knew Athena will get angry if anyone compared her to someone else. Her materialistic symbols include her spear, the distaff and a goatskin shield called the aegis. It all started on the fateful day when Dictys, the brother of King Polydectes, saved Danaë - the daughter of King Acrisius of Argos and Eurydice - and her child, Perseus.
Do you think she deserved what Athena did to her? Feminists have adopted her face as a symbol of female rage. Medusa would then leave her home to live with the other Gorgons. Medusa was one of the three Gorgon sisters, daughters of the sea gods Phorcys and Ceto. The city was then named after her and became known as Athens. One requirement to be a priestess for Athena is that the young woman must be a virgin and give her life to the goddess.
Certainly though, Perseus did make use of the head of Medusa in Aethiopia, for having rescued Andromeda, Perseus then married the princess. Perseus and Medusa Perseus though was a son of Zeus, and also a mortal favoured by his half-sister, the goddess Athena. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of AncientPages. Pindar, a great Ancient Greek poet, says that upon hearing their gloomy lament, was so touched that she modeled after it the mournful music of the double pipe, the aulos. She was kind but vain and boasted of her beauty whenever given the chance. She thought she was the prettiest woman in the whole wide world.
The head of Medusa is even on some regional symbols. She is also associated with the olive tree and owl because of her wisdom. It is said that after marrying Andromeda on the way back and turning the titan Atlas, with the sky on his back, into rock while flying past him, Perseus went back to the manor of Polydectes. And also Chrysaor, the golden bladed giant, is born from her bleeding neck. The roomer went really quickly through the whole temple and everyone started to leave.