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Medusa was one of the Gorgon sisters. She was killed by Perseus.



Medousa was a Phorkyide, born to the marine god Phorkys and ocean goddess Keto. She had two older sisters as well, Stheno and Euryale. Despite being born to two gods, she unlike her sisters was born mortal.

Becoming a Gorgon

Medusa was a beautiful maiden but was a high priestess in the Temple of Athena in Athens (sworn to be a virgin). Medusa however, was caught making love to Poseidon (in some versions she was caught being raped) by the Lord of the Sea. In retaliation an enraged Athena who could not directly punish Poseidon, did so by transforming Medusa. Athena transformed Medusa's beautiful hair to those of serpents and made her face so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn onlookers to stone.




Perseus was ordered to kill Medusa by the evil King Polydectes because he wanted to get rid of Perseus. On his way, he was stopped by three gods. The first was Athena who gave him a polished bronze shield. The second Hades, who gave him his Helm of Darkness which could turn the wearer invisible. The third Hermes who gave him his winged sandals and a sword made by Hephaestus. Perseus, now loaded with gifts, went to the cave in which Medusa lived. He used the helm to sneak into the cave, past her sisters and used the shield to see her reflection rather than actually looking at her. Doing so allowed him to slice off her head. Right when this happened, Medusa and Poseidon's children burst out in the form of a Pegasus and a fully armed warrior named, Khrysaor.

After Death

Medusa's head would be used to turn the Kraken to stone before he could consume Andromeda. Athena asked for the head, and she was given it. She fastened it to the shield, and it would become the Aegis.



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