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Greek Myth: The Story of Medusa and Athena

This is for a history project!
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Alexie Alcantara

on 14 March 2013

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Transcript of Greek Myth: The Story of Medusa and Athena

The Parthenon Once upon a time, a long time ago there lived a beautiful maiden named Medusa. Medusa lived in Athens, Greece. There were a lot of pretty girls but Medusa was considered to be the prettiest. Unfortunately Medusa often bragged about her beauty and thought mainly of it. Everyday Medusa bragged and bragged about her beauty and everyday they got more and more outrageous. Medusa Boasts More.... When Medusa wasn't busy sharing her thoughts on her beauty or, in other words, bragging about her beauty, Medusa gazed at her image in the mirror. Medusa went on and on about her beauty to anyone and everyone who stopped long enough to hear-- until one day she went with her friends for the first time to the Parthenon. The Parthenon was the largest temple to the Goddess Athena. It was decorated in beautiful sculptures and paintings. Everyone that entered the place was in awe by the beauty of the place and couldn't help but think of how grateful they were to Athena for inspiring them and for watching over the city of Athens. Everyone except Medusa. The Story of Medusa and Athena On Sunday, Medusa bragged to the miller that her skin was more beautiful than fresh fallen snow. On Monday, she told the cobbler that her hair glowed brighter than the sun. On Tuesday, she commented to the blacksmith's son that her eyes were greener than the Aegean Sea. On Wednesday, she bragged to everyone at the public gardens that her lips were redder than the reddest rose. She admired herself in her darkened window for an hour every morning as she got ready for bed. She even stopped to admire herself in the well every afternoon as she drew water for her father's horses. She often forgot to collect water in her distraction. She admired herself in her hand mirror for an hour every morning while she brushed her hair. When Medusa saw the sculptures, she whispered that she would have made a much better subject for the sculpture than Athena had. When Medusa saw the artwork, she commented that the artist had done a good job with the goddess's big eyebrows, but think about how much better the painting would be if it was of someone as delicate as Medusa. When Medusa reached the altar, a table she sighed happily and said, “My this is a beautiful temple. It is a shame it was wasted on Athena for I am prettier than her, maybe some day people will build an even greater temple to my beauty.” Medusa’s friends got sick. The priestesses who overheard Medusa gasped. Whispers ran through all the people in the temple who quickly began to leave, for everyone knew that Athena enjoyed watching over the people of Athens and was scared for what might happen if the goddess had overheard Medusa’s rash remarks. Before long the temple was empty of everyone, except Medusa, who was so busy gazing proudly at her reflection in the large bronze doors that she hadn't noticed the swift departure of everyone else. The picture she was staring at wavered and suddenly, instead of her own features, it was the face of Athena that Medusa saw reflected back at her. “Vain and foolish girl,” Athena said angrily, “You think you are prettier than I am! I doubt it to be true, but even if it were, there is more to life than beauty. While others work and play and learn, you do little but brag and admire yourself.” Medusa tried to point out that her beauty was an inspiration to those around her and that she made their lives better by simply looking so lovely, but Athena silenced her with a frustrated wave. “Nonsense,” Athena retorted, “Beauty fades swiftly in all mortals. It does not comfort the sick, teach the unskilled or feed the hungry. And by my powers, your loveliness shall be stripped away completely. Your fate shall serve as a reminder to others to control their pride.” And with those words Medusa’s face changed to a hideous monster. Her hair twisted and thickened into horrible snakes that hissed and fought each other atop her head.

“Medusa, for your pride this has been done. Your face is now so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it will turn a man to stone,” proclaimed the goddess, “Even you, Medusa, should you seek your reflection, shall turn to rock the instant you see your face.”

And with that, Athena sent Medusa with her hair of snakes to live with the blind monsters, the Gorgon sisters, at the ends of the Earth, so that no innocents would be accidentally turned to stone when they see her. Reference(s): http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/greece/m-story-medusa-and-athena.htm
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