22 Facts About Perseus


Perseus beheaded the Gorgon Medusa for Polydectes and saved Andromeda from the sea monster Cetus.

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Perseus might be from the Greek verb pe??e?? some form of which appears in Homeric epithets.

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Perseus was the son of Zeus and Danae, the daughter of Acrisius, King of Argos.

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When Perseus was grown, Polydectes came to fall in love with the beautiful Danae.

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Perseus believed Polydectes was less than honorable, and protected his mother from him; then Polydectes plotted to send Perseus away in disgrace.

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Perseus held a large banquet where each guest was expected to bring a gift.

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Perseus had no horse to give, so he asked Polydectes to name the gift; he would not refuse it.

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Athena instructed Perseus to find the Hesperides, who were entrusted with weapons needed to defeat the Gorgon.

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Perseus married Andromeda in spite of Phineus, to whom she had before been promised.

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On returning to Seriphos and discovering that his mother had to take refuge from the violent advances of Polydectes, Perseus killed him with Medusa's head, and made his brother Dictys, consort of Danae, king.

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Perseus then returned his magical loans and gave Medusa's head as a votive gift to Athena, who set it on Zeus' shield, as the Gorgoneion .

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Perseus had just invented the quoit and was making a public display of them when Acrisius, who happened to be visiting, stepped into the trajectory of the quoit and was killed: thus the oracle was fulfilled.

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Perseus turned the brother into stone with the Gorgon's head and restored Acrisius to the throne.

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The story is related in Pausanias, who gives as motivation for the swap that Perseus was ashamed to have become king of Argos by inflicting death.

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Apart from these more historical references, the only accounts of him are from folk-etymology: Perseus dropped his cap or found a mushroom at Mycenae, or perhaps the place was named after the lady Mycene, daughter of Inachus, mentioned in a now-fragmentary poem, the Megalai Ehoiai.

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For whatever reasons, perhaps as outposts, Perseus fortified Mycenae according to Apollodorus along with Midea, an action that implies that they both previously existed.

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Perseus took up official residence in Mycenae with Andromeda where he had a long, successful reign as king.

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Perseus freeing Andromeda after killing Cetus, 1st century AD fresco from the Casa Dei Dioscuri, Pompeii.

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Doom Fulfilled, 1888, Southampton City Art Gallery, part of a series of paintings revolving around Perseus, created by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones.

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Replacement of Bellerophon as the tamer and rider of Pegasus by the more familiar culture hero Perseus was not simply an error of painters and poets of the Renaissance.

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Various modern representations of Pegasus depict the winged horse with Perseus, including the fantasy film Clash of the Titans and its 2010 remake.

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Perseus's constellation contains the most famous variable star Algol and some deep sky objects such as Messier 34, the Double Cluster, the California Nebula, and the Little Dumbbell Nebula .

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