Perseus and Andromeda22-01-2013 21:28Perseus is the first of a long series of heroes in Greek mythology. He is son of Zeus and Danae, daughter of Akrisios king of Argos and Eurydike daughter of Lakedaimon, king of Sparta and the legendary founder of kingdom of Mycenae in Peloponnese.
Akrisios had been told of an oracle that his daughter would give birth to a son who would kill him. When Akrisios found out that Danae has born a child, although he had imprisoned her in an underground chamber as Zeus became shower and got her pregnant, he drove both mother and child out of his kingdom, packed them in a chest and hurled it into the sea.
The chest was drifted to the Cycladic island of Seriphos and Danae and her son were found by Diktys, the brother of the king of Seriphos, who took care of them as members of his family. But, the king himself, Polydektes was not as noble as his brother and had a strong desire for Danae. To get rid of Perseus, Polydektes asked from Perseus as a contribution for the bride-price for Hippodameia, to who he was planning to get married, the head of Gorgon Medusa, amonster so ugly that anybody that looked at her would be turned into stone.
Hermes and Athena helped Perseus to fulfill his task by revealing the way to Hesperides nymphs that gave him the necessary tools to do so: winged sandals to fly to the ends of the world where Gorgons lived, the cap of Hades to render him invisible and a metallic satchel to carry the head after he had cut it off. Perseus succeeded in his task by averting his gaze from the monster as he cut off the head and managed to escape as he was invisible.
On his way back home with his trophy, Perseus stopped in Ethiopia as he noticed a beautiful girl that was chained to a rock by the sea as prey to a sea-monster. The girl was Andromeda, daughter of the king, who suffered this punishment because her mother Cassiepeia had bragged about Andromeda being more beautiful than the Nereids, daughters of Poseidon.
Perseus fell in love with her and set her free after killing the sea-monster by showing the head of Gorgon. Then Perseus took her to be his wife. On arriving back in Seriphos, Perseus showed to the king and his friend Gorgon’s head and turned them into stone, setting free his mother and his benefactor. As his adventures came to an end, Perseus gave Gorgon’s head to goddess Athena for thanking her for her help and she put it in the center of her shield.
After that Perseus sailed for Argos with his wife and mother, hoping to be reunited with his grandfather. Although, Perseus meant no harm to his grandfather, the oracle that had predicted that he would kill him came true as Perseus accidentally killed him with a discus during an athletic contest. Feeling ashamed to inherit his grandfather’s kingdom after causing his death, Perseus founded a new one, Mycenea, establishing ever after anew dynasty of heroes and kings.
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