The Gorgo (Medusa) (written by Jana)

  • What is the name of your creature?

    My creature is called Medusa. She is "a Gorgo". She is the daughter of Phokys, an ancient sea god, and Keto. Her sisters are: Stheno and Euryale. But only Medusa is mortal.

    How does it look like?

    She has hair of snakes and a tongue like a snake. Her skin is made of scales, her arms of bronze and her eyes are burning. Her look turns every man into stone.

    To which hero is it connected?

    It is connected to Perseus, the son of Zeus and Danae.

    The Gorgons - Medusa and her sisters - appear in the story where Perseus beheads Medusa.

    ok...it was like that...:

    Polydektes (king of Seriphos) would like to marry the mom of Perseus, Danae, but Perseus was against this. During a meal Polydektes asked a question to Perseus: "What is a present for a king?" Perseus answered: "If you want to bring me Medusa's head, I would do that!" Polydektes accepted, because he thought Perseus would die, as Medusa's look would turn him into stone.

    When Perseus was on the way to Medusa, Athena and Hermes came to help and rescue him, because Athena hated Medusa. They showed Perseus the way and gave him winged sandals, a magic hood, a bag and a reap hook to kill Medua. As he arrived on the island of the Gorgons, Medusa, Stheno and Euryale slept. Perseus had a shield into which he looked. So he could see the image of Medusa like in a mirror. So he cut off her head. Pegasus, the winged horse, jumped out of the wound... But this is another story... So... Perseus put Medusa's head into the magc bag and went home. He showed the head to Polydektes and the king changed into stone. 

    Happy ending!

    Sources: http://www.mythentor.de/ (Perseus) ; http://www.theoi.com/Pontios/Gorgones.html ; https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medusa

                                                     (written by Jana, class 8e)

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