Perseus and Medusa

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  • You must stay down here, until I tell you otherwise!
  • Acrisius, the king of Argos, was told by the oracle of Delphi that his own grandson would kill him one day. This grandson would be the child of his daughter, Danae.
  • Scared of his upcoming future and destiny, King Acrisius decided to deprive his daughter of any potential suitors so that she would not fall pregnant. So he built a room beneath the earth and imprisoned Danae there.
  • Yes please!
  • Welcome to Serifos, do you need a place to stay?
  • However, Zeus came to her in the form of golden rain, pierced through the walls of the chamber, and Danae's body. Hence, Perseus was born.
  • Bring me the head of Medusa!
  • Hearing the news, but not believing that Zeus was the father of the child, Acrisius let his daughter and grandchild out to the sea on an ark.
  • They eventually came to the shores of Serifos, where they were saved by a local couple; the man being the brother of the king of the island, Polydectes.
  • When Perseus grew up to become a strong young man, he found himself in the way of King Polydectes, who wanted Danae to become his wife. Knowing that he couldn't have the woman for himself, as long as Perseus was there to protect her, the king made a plan to send Perseus on a dangerous mission. Polydectes told Perseus to bring him the head of the gorgon, Medusa.
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