Perseus the Gorgon Slayer

Perseus the Gorgon Slayer

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  • The Oracle told King Acrisius that he would have a grandson that would kill him, so he locked his daughter in a tower so she should never marry.
  • However, Danae had a child anyway, so Acrisius had a chest made, put Danae and the baby in it, and then pushed it out to sea.
  • The chest washed up on the shore of Seriphos where Polydectes was king. Polydectes's brother, Dictys, found Danae and the baby, and he took them to his home to look after them.
  • King Polydectes heard about them and wished to marry Danae, but she refused. So in order to take her by force he needed Perseus away, for he was always gaurding her. So he held a feast and invited all the young men of Seriphos. All the men brought presents except for Perseus, so Polydectes tricked Perseus into getting him a gorgon's head.
  • Perseus sat by the sea to think of what to do when Athena and Hermes came to him. They offord him the sharpest weapon in the world and a shield so he could see Medusa without being turned to stone. Then they told him to visit the Grey Sisters for the location of the Nymphs who dwell in the North Wind, which they did.
  • He found the nymphs and they gave him three gifts. The Shoes of Swiftness, the Cap of Hades, which turned the wearer invisible, and a magic wallet to carry Medusa's head.
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