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Copy of THE GORGON'S HEAD STORY TIMELEINE
Transcript of Copy of THE GORGON'S HEAD STORY TIMELEINE
When king Acrisius of Argos came home from delphi he was very unhappy for he had received a dreadful oracle that states he will die in the hands of his grandson, feeling distress he locked Danae in a House made of bronze all sunk underground.
THE DREADFUL ORACLE
Danae with her newborn, Perseus
King Acricius did shut her daughter away from the sight of men but he forgot to take the gods into account. Part of the roof of the house was open to the sky, one day when Danae was sadly looking up at the clouds Zeus was observing her captured by her loveliness and beauty he changed himself in a shower of gold storming into her chamber
Afterwards a son was born to Danae, named Perseus.
THE FRUIT OF LOVE
THE GRAEAE AND THE NYMPHS
WAVES TO SHORE
THE GORGON'S HEAD STORY TIMELINE
Help from Hermes and Athena
The Gorgons and the Beheading of Medusa
After discovering Perseus, King Acrisius set Danae and her son adrift on the sea.
Days and nights came by, the chest where they're caged finally reached shore, the island of seraphos. Dictys a
fisherman saw the box and opened it
discovering a pitiful mother and a helpless child, his heart was moved so he adopt them where Perseus grew up.
The two were taken in by Polydectes, the king of Seriphus. Polydectes later conceived a passion for Danae, but was unable to force his attentions on her because Perseus had grown into a redoubtable protector. To get rid of Perseus, Polydectes sent him on a quest to bring back the head of the Gorgon Medusa, a snake-haired maiden who turned all who saw her into stone.
Perseus accomplished his quest with the help of Hermes and Athena. Perseus received a sword from Hermes while Athena suddenly appearing gave him a shield.
Hermes also told Perseus to seek help from the Gray women
After Hermes and Athena advised Perseus how to perform the task, telling him first to go to the three graeae, sisters of the Gorgons, who between them had but one eye and one tooth. Perseus got hold of the eye and tooth, and gave them back only when the sisters told him the way to certain (unnamed) nymphs who possessed three magic objects. From the nymphs Perseus obtained the Cap of Invisibility, a pair of winged sandals, and a magic wallet.
Thus equipped, he flew to the gorgons, who lived on the edge of the world. Two of the Gorgons Stheno and Euryale were immortal the third Medusa, was mortal. Those who looked on their faces were turned to stone. Guided by Athena, Perseus, looking at the Gorgon’s reflection in his shield, beheaded Medusa and put her head in the kibisis.
Flying past the coast of the Levant , Perseus saw a young woman chained to a rock, threatened by a sea monster. She was Andromeda, daughter of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiepea, Cassiepea had boasted that she was more beautiful than the Nereids, and Poseidon punished her pride by flooding the kingdom of Cepheus and sending the sea monster to ravage it. The oracle of Zeus, Ammon, told Cepheus that he could appease the monster only by chaining his daughter to the rock. Perseus killed the monster with the scimitar of Hermes and was rewarded with Andromeda as his wife.
Since Andromeda was already betrothed to
, her uncle, Perseus had to assert his claim by fighting Phineus and his followers, all of whom he turned to stone with the Gorgon’s head.
Perseus and Andromeda flew back to Seriphos, leaving a son, Perses, to inherit the kingdom of Cepheus.
At Seriphos Perseus found Danaë and Dictys being threatened by Polydectes, whom he turned to stone. Leaving Dictys as king, he returned to Argos with Andromeda and Danaë (whom he had released), and gave the winged sandals, the kibisis, and the Cap of Invisibility to Hermes (who returned them to the nymphs), along with the scimitar. To Athena he gave the Gorgon’s head, which she placed in the middle of her aegis or shield.
The Killing of Acrisius
Acrisius fled from Argos to Larissa (a city in Thessaly) to avoid Perseus. Perseus followed him there and took part in funeral games being celebrated for Abas, father of Acrisius. In the discus-throw, his discus accidentally killed Acrisius, and so the prophecy of the oracle was fulfilled.
Perseus, as the killer of his grandfather, could not return to Argos and went to Tiryns, where he became king, exchanging his kingdom with the king of Tiryns, Megapenthes. He founded Mycenae, and from him and Andromeda descended the kings of Mycenae in the generations before the family of Atreus. From them also descended Heracles and Eurystheus