Ryro Posted January 12 · Supporter Share Posted January 12 (edited) Nobody, but nobody got a more raw deal in ancient mythology than Medusa (smidgen of hyperbole here. But not much). (her severed head always seeming to express the same look as women after they've been on dates with me) It's your basic love story; Pure, innocent, beautiful girl gets preyed upon, stalked and raped by Poseidon. Then for having the nerve to be raped by a god, Athena turns her into one of the three gorgon sisters. And she being the only one that cannot die. Not enough for Athena though. After turning her into a snake haired monster with vampire-like teeth so hideous to behold she turns all who gaze upon her into stone, Athena helps Perseus to kill the sad young girl she'd turned immortal all those eons ago. (Now I forget which one is the original Cellini and which my tiny imitation) Just to take her severed head, upon receiving it from Perseus, and attach it to her shield. Hence the term Gorgoneion, the symbol of a Gorgon's head as an embellishment.. Where else have we seen this motif?? But wait, there's a happy ending. As Perseus decapitates her two children that couldn't come out of her stony vaginal canal, for some reason, burst from her severed neck! The giant Chrysaor aaaaaand THE ZEUS DAMNED PEGASOS!!! And poor, poor Medusa doesn't even get to meet her two amazing progeny. Let's see your Gorgons... in all their glory! Edited January 13 by Ryro 23 1 1 3 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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