Perseus was born in an unfortunate situation where his mother's father did not want him alive as prophesy said that her son would end up killing him. For this reason, whenPerseus was born Acrisuis, his grandfather, put him and Danae, his mother, in a chest and into the ocean to never be seen again. Luckily they washed up on shore and the kind soul of Dictys took them in.
Gifts from the Great
As Perseus grew up, Polydectes, the ruler of the island, wanted to wed Danae but knew he wouldn't be able to with Perseus around. So he came up with a plan to send Perseus on a journey in which he would not be able to return from. To do this he challenged him to bring him the head of the Gorgon, Medusa.
Three Grey Women
Hermes and Athena became Perseus' mentors and gave him advice on how to defeat Medusa. They told him he must find the three Gray Women who would tell him where Medusa was.
Stops Along the Way
Hermes gifted Perseus a sword that could not be bent or broken by the Gorgon's scales and he could therefore defeat Medusa. Athena gave him a shield that would allow him to look at the Gorgon without being turned to stone so he could strike them.
Perseusthen went to where the grey women resided and retrieved directions to the Gorgons by bribing them with their own eye. They pointed him out to the country of Hyperboreans where he could not get there by ship or land, so Hermes helped him reach it.
Perseus and Hermes reached their destination and the people there were very king to him. They gifted him winged sandals, a magic wallet that could become the right size for whatever it needed to hold, and a cap that made the wearer invisible.