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FC: Classical Myth for Children | Perseus | By Stephanie Barthuly & Sarah Yun

1: Once upon a time, there was a king named Acrisius who only had one child, a daughter. Her name was Danae and she was very beautiful. However, he met a priestess who told him that Danae would one day have a son that would kill the king.

2: King Acrisius had Danae locked her in a house built all of bronze and sunk underground. She stayed there for a long time with nothing to do. One day, a shower of gold fell from the sky and Zeus sent a baby to her.

3: Danae tried to keep her son Perseus hidden from King Acrisius. However, when he discovered Perseus, he made a great chest. He put Danae and her son into the chest and cast them out into the sea.

4: The sea carried them safely to land, where a fisherman named Dictys found them. He took them out of the box and brought them home to his wife. They decided to care for Danae and Perseus as their own children.

5: Polydectes, the ruler of the island and the brother of Dictys, fell in love with Danae. However, he did not want Perseus so he sent him on a impossible quest to kill Medusa and bring back her head. This was in an effort to try to get rid of Perseus.

6: Perseus set out on his quest and soon met Hermes, the guide and the giver of good. Hermes told Perseus that Perseus needed to go find the Gray Women, who would tell him the way to the nymphs. The nymphs had equipment Perseus needed to defeat Medusa.

7: Perseus then received valuable gifts from Hermes and Athena. Hermes gave Perseus a sword that could not be bent or broken by Medusa's scales. Athena gave him a reflective shield of polished bronze that would keep Medusa from turning Perseus into stone.

8: Afterwards, Hermes and Perseus went to meet the Gray Women. They forced the women to tell them how to reach the nymphs of the North by seizing the one eye that they shared and refusing to give it back.

9: Then, Perseus traveled to the place where the nymphs were. The nymphs were very generous and gave him winged sandals, a magic wallet which would always become the right size for whatever was to be carried in it, and also a cap which made the wearer invisible.

11: Perseus finally made it to Medusa's lair, where her sisters were also present. Fortunately, they were all asleep. Athena and Hermes were there to help identify Medusa. Then with one wave of the sword, Perseus cut off her head. He put the head into the magic wallet and headed back for the little island. | On his way back, he found a lovely maiden named Andromeda. She was to be given up to a sea serpent. Perseus fell in love with Andromeda and killed the sea serpent. Then, they got married.

12: Perseus finally returned to King Polydectes. By holding up Medusa's head, he turned the king and all of his courtiers to stone. The islanders were free from the tyrant and Dictys became the king of the island. Perseus was also reunited with his mother.

13: Soon after, Perseus participated in a great athletic contest, where King Acrisius was also present. Perseus accidentally struck the King with his discus, leading to the king's death. This proved the prophecy of the oracle to be true. Perseus and Andromeda lived happily ever after.

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