Perseus was born in Argos where he was hidden from his grandfather as his grandfather forbid his daughter Danaë (Perseus's mother) of having children. When his grandfather found out he was born, he sealed Perseus and his mother into a chest and tossed it in the sea. After being in the sea, the chest washed up on land to a small island. Here a friendly fisherman named Dictys freed them and Perseus was raised on the island.
Meeting with a Mentor
Perseus grew into a strong young man on the island. He and his mother were content until one day, when Polydectes who was the ruler of the island forced Danaë to be his consort. Perseus defended his mother, so Polydectes decieded to challenge him. The challenge was to bring him the head of Medusa, the gorgon.
Perseus was soon trapped by his bold promise, even though he know that fighting Medusa alone was impossible. Medusa was one of the the three gorgons, huge and nasty winged creatures. Medusa's hair was made of snakes and if anyone were to look at her his or her eye's would turn to stone.
While Perseus was taking a minute to think, a god and goddess overheard Polydectes challenge him and they offered to help. First was goddess Athena came done with her dazzling shield of brass and gave it to Perseus to shield himself against Medusa's eyes. Then came Hermes who gave him a sword that could never be broken, and also offered to be his guide.