S: A Complete Book of Greek & Roman Mythology
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FC: The Greek Gods
1: The Gods
2: At the very beginning there was only chaos. Eventually, Erebus was formed, an unknown realm where Night and death reside. Everything was empty and void until Love formed. Love created order and produced Light and Day.
3: Light and Day then pieced together the Earth, or Gaia
4: Erebus and Night birthed the heavenly light, Ether. Night the produced Fate, Death, Sleep, Nemesis, Dreams and many more. Gaia also gave birth to Uranus, the heavens. Uranus covered Gaia and together they birthed three Hecatoncheires, three Cyclops, and twelve Titans. | Uranus was a terrible person, he loathed the Hecatoncheires and imprisoned them throughout the Earth. Gaia didn't have enough power to get revenge on Uranus so she asked her children to overthrow him. Only one agreed, the Titan, Cronus. | From the blood of Uranus sprung the Giants, Ash Tree Nymphs and the Erinnyes. Cronus took his place as king and imprisoned the Cyclopes and Hecatoncheires in Tartarus. He took Rhea, his sister, as his wife. When he predicted a child would overthrow him like he did his father, Cronus swallowed each of his children after birth.
5: Rhea was devastated for her children and plotted against Cronus. She sent her sixth child away, Zeus, to be raised by nymphs in Crete and wrapped a stone in blankets to make Cronus think it was his youngest. When Zeus was of age, he returned to his mother to form a plan. She served him a drink to throw up the children. But Cronus would not give up, he and his fellow Titans, waged a ten year war known as the Trojan War. Atlas was their leader while Prometheus, Epimethius and Oceanus fought with Zeus. To get allies, Zeus traveled to Tartarus and freed the Hecatoncheires and the Cyclopes from prison. The Cyclopes gave him his famed lightening bolt while the Hecatoncheires provided him with a boulder ambush. All of the Titans were exiled to Tartarus once Zeus took rein while only Atlas was forever cursed with the duty of upholding the heavens.
6: Zeus | Zeus had many children with many women and Hera. These children are Hercules, Athena, Persephone, The Horae, Dionysis, Ares, Hermes, Aphrodite (rumored), Apollo, The Moirae, Artemis, Perseus, The Graces, Hebe, Discord, Eileithyia, Helen, The Muses, Pandia, Minos, Hephaesteus, Calliope, Clio, Melpomene, Thalia, Euterpe, Erato, Terpsichore, Urania, Polyhymnia, Aglaia, Euphrosyne, Thalia and probably many more. | Zeus ruled Mount Olympus and its residents. Zeus was infamous for his extramarital affairs on Hera, his sister, but also for his nasty temper.
7: Known to the Romans as Juno, Hera was the Queen of the Gods and married her brother, Zeus. As goddess of the sky, women, impregnation and marriage, she had everything. She is most famous for her hate against the women Zeus would cheat with and his offspring that weren't hers. | Her plants included the pomegranate and the chaste tree. Her iconography is a lotus staff, crown, and lion. | The peacock is sacred to Hera and is a favorite animal among the cuckoo, crane, cow, hawk, and lion which represent her.
8: Amphitrite & Poseidon | (AKA Salacia) was the daughter of the minor sea god, Nereus and the Nymphe Doris. After marrying Poseidon, she became Queen of the Sea and its creatures. Her only plant is seaweed while her animals are similar to husbands, dolphins, fish, and seals. | (AKA Neptune) was the god of the sea, horses, and earthquakes. He was married to Amphitrite, a sea-nymph. He is known for his temper, especially in the story of Athena. The new king Cecrops was in search for patron deity for the un-named city. Both Athena and Poseidon were interested in the title, to settle the dispute, a contest was held. Which ever god could give the city the most valuable gift would win. Poseidon went first and gave the city a well, gushing with water.
9: Athena then pierced the ground with her spear and up grew an olive tree to symbolize peace and prosperity. The olive tree provided many more benefits for agriculture than water, so Athena won and the city was named Athens. Furious, Poseidon washed the town over with a massive title wave and disappeared. Another outburst of his was when King Minos of Crete asked him for a sacrificial bull. Poseidon sent it, but the king liked the bull and decided against sacrificing it. As revenge, the god called a favor upon Venus to curse his wife, Pasipae to fall in love with the bull. The result of this love was the feared minotaur. Poseidon is also most famous for fathering the famous hero, Perseus (Theseus) and the cyclops, Polyphemus.
10: She was the goddess of agriculture, grain, bread, and the afterlife. Demeter controls the seasons and when Persephone leaves to the underworld for six months, every year, Demeter becomes depressed and winter falls. | Demeter (Ceres) | Iconography - Grain sheaf, lotus staff, torch, and a cornucopia. | Animals - Swine, Serpent, and the gecko. | Plants - Wheat, barley, poppy, and mint.
11: Hephaestus (Vulcan) | Was the son of Hera and has no father. His domain was metalworking, fire, building, sculpture, and volcanism. He is most famous for constructing the famous chariot for Hades. Who his spouse is uncertain, some say Kharis. | The plant that represents him is flannel while the donkey and crane are his animals. His main identifier would be a hammer, tongs, donkey, anvil, crane, or crane-head.
12: Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation. How she was born was never sure, some say she was born of sea foam while others say the Titan Dione and Zeus were her parents. When she later had children, she birthed Eros, better known as Cupid, the god of love with Hephaestus, but later remarried Ares. | Her most identifying symbols are her son, apples, and doves while her plants are the apple tree, roses, myrtle, the myrrh tree, anemones, and lettuce. Her variety of animals include the turtle dove, sparrows, geese, and hares. | Aphrodite (Venus)
13: Ares (Mars) | He was son of Zeus and Hera and the god of war, battle, and manliness. He is married to Aphrodite, but has Deimos and Phobos as his own children. His spear is always stained with blood and his throne on Olympus was rumored to be covered with human skin. Ares was specifically known to be cruel and a helmet with a spear was his identification. His plant was the Manna ash while his animals were the serpent, vulture, woodpecker, and eagle-owl.
14: Athena (Minerva) | The great goddess of wisdom, crafts and domestic arts. Athena was also the patron goddess of Athens. Athena's mother,the Titan Metis, became pregnant and when Zeus heard of this he was warned by Earth thats if a son was born, he would be overthrown, like he had done to his father. Zeus swallowed the pregnant Metis whole and soon had unbearable headaches so he confided in Hephasteus. To fix the problem, Hephasteus split open his forehead and Athena sprang out, fully armed and very smart.
15: Hermes | Hermes (AKA Mercury) was a clever, tricky god who guided the dead throughout the underworld. He fathered the minor-god, Pan, with the Nymph Dryope who ran away at birth in fear of pans resemblance to a goat. Also known for his trickery, Hermes was most famous for his winged shoes and natural speed. | Animals: Tortoise, sheep, cattle, and hawk. | Plants: Crocus and the strawberry tree. | Iconography: Kerykeion (Herold's Rod), a traveler's cap, and winged boots.
16: Apollo was the god of the sun, music, education, and healing. He fathered Asklepois who was later killed by Apollo's own father, Zeus. His most identified animals were the swan, raven, mouse, and wolf. Playing the lyre was a great talent of his and a main identifier, including the laurel wreath branch, delphic tripod, and bow and arrows. His plants were the laurel and the larkspur. | Apollo (Helios)
17: Artemis, also known as Diana to the Romans, is the goddess of hunting, choirs, wild animals, children, and disease. She was born of the Titan Leo and Zeus, and is famous for being a virgin goddess whose only love was hunting. | Her plants were cypress, walnut, and the amaranth-flower while her animals were the bear, deer, wild boar, guinea fowl, and the quail. | She is most identified with a bow and arrow, hunting spears, lyre and a deer. | Artemis (Diana)
19: 16-18 Persephone 19 Arachne 20-21 Medusa 22-23 Echo and Narcissus 24-30 Cupid and Psyche 31-34 Pandora's Box 35-47 Heracles 52-57 Perseus
20: Persephone (Penelope)
21: The gloomy Hades watched his brothers lives with envy. Zeus's wife was the Goddess of Wives while Poseidon was married to the gentle Amphitrite. Hades himself had no wife, but he had fallen in love with a girl who was unlike him in every way: Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, the goddess of agriculture. Like one of her mothers plants, Persephone loved the sun and fresh air. She was always outside, picking flowers or dancing for the sheer joy of being alive. His dignity and pride wouldn't let him to chase after her. She was young, and he was much older, sour, dark, and strange. Most of the gods were a little afraid of him, and most likely, Persephone would have avoided him at all costs. Still, Hades was a royal god, one of the three rulers of the world. He deserved a queen, and he was determined to have exactly the one he wanted. Persephone and her maidens were dancing one day in a bright meadow when the ground cracked open at their feet. Through the wide fissure, four black horses pulling a chariot jumped out, carrying the Lord of the Dead at the reins. He snatched the frightened Persephone and carried her down into the underworld as the crack in the earth closed up behind them, shutting out the light. Hades showed Persephone through his great, dim palace, where disembodied souls flickered like so many candle flames. He led her from one murky cave to another, proudly showing off all of his wealth and the remarkable features of his underground realm before crowning her queen.
22: Her mother, Demeter, grieved for her. The goddess walked the earth as an old woman, and all the plants in the world began to die. Humans and beasts starved and prayed for the help of the gods. Soon Zeus was forced to intervene. He issued a decree: Hades must return the stolen girl so that her mother would once again sustain life. Angry, Hades turned to his only friend, Hermes, the cleverest of the gods. It was Hermes who brought the souls of the dead to their destination, and it was Hermes who was to take Persephone back home. As he distracted her with talk of the outside world, the trickster god picked a pomegranate and gave it to her. Persephone had never before been able to bring herself to eat the food of the dead, those offerings left by sad relatives. Now, hungry and excited, she ate six pomegranate seeds—and belonged forever to the Land of the Dead. Once again, Zeus had to resolve the crisis. He ruled that Demeter and Hades must share the unhappy girl. For six months of each year, Persephone lives with her mother while the crops grow and flowers bloom. And for six months, she lives with her husband Hades, bringing a touch of springtime to that sad dark realm below.
23: Taking the identity of an old woman, she warned the young girl to not speak so boldly, but Arachne shrugged her off by saying she would have a contest with the goddess herself. Athena tore the disguise off and they began weaving on their looms. The goddess wove the tale of her contest with Poseidon while Arachne wove Zeus's many affairs. | Arachne was a young woman from Lydia who was a very talented weaver. Bystanders would compliment her works and compare her to Athena. Arachne claimed she was by far much better than the goddess. When Athena heard the insult, she made a plan. | Tired and angry at such a silly contest, Athena ripped her opponents tapestry to shreds and touched her forehead, filling her head with guilt for what she had done. Full of shame, she ran off and hung herself. The goddess felt pity for the extreme punishment and gave life back to the girl, but not as a human, but as a spider. The rest of her descendants would also weave their lovely webs. | Arachne
25: Medusa, one of the three Gorgons, daughter of Phorcys and Ceto. She was the only one of the Gorgons who was subject to mortality. She is celebrated for her personal charms and the beauty of her long, flowing hair. Poseidon became infatuated of her. She was praying in the Temple when Poseidon loved her.This violation of the sanctity of the temple provoked Athena and she changed the beautiful locks of Medusa, which had inspired Poseidon's love to serpents, Medusa and her sisters were shackled with snakes on their heads, instead of hair, with yellow wings and brazen hands. Their bodies were also covered with impenetrable scales, and their very looks had the power turning people to stones. Perseus made his name immortal by his conquest of Medusa. He cut off her head, and the blood that dropped from the wound produced the terrible serpents that infest Africa. Perseus placed Medusa's head on the shield of Athena, which he had used in his expedition. The head still holds the same petrifying power as before, as it was fatally known in the court of Cepheus.
26: Echo was a nymph who devoted her life to woodland sports and the rolling hills. Her need to talk and always have last word were her downfall that got her cursed. Hera was searching for her husband and Echo was her distraction so Zeus could make his escape. When Hera heard of this she wanted revenge. She cursed the nymph into only being able to say the last words spoken, but wouldn't be able to speak first. Shortly after this, she saw Narcissus, a handsome hunter. She didn't have the ability say something to catch his attention so she followed him. One day, he was alone when he saw Echo and asked who was there. She replied with 'Here.' and tried embracing him, but he shoved her away. | Echo and Narcissus
27: He said he would rather die than love her. Those words ruined the nymph and she ran away, living in caves until the end of her days. With her death, the curse stayed and forever more she will reply when you speak into a canyon or cave. During that time, Narcissus had wounded the hearts of many maidens until one prayed to the heavens for revenge. As a curse, the heavens made Narcissus fall in love with his reflection the next time he saw it. When he was taking a break from hunting he leaned down in a remote creek to drink water when he saw himself and fell in love. When his time came his shade went to the underworld, but his body turned into a beautiful flower with purple in the center and white petals surrounding it.
28: Psyche | Psyche was the the youngest and most astounding of three sisters, and the daughter of a powerful king. When this beauty was heard of by her people they began flooding to her. Soon, word traveled and neighboring islands traveled to see her. This angered Aphrodite when villagers began leaving her temples barren and compared Psyche, a mere mortal, to the great goddess of beauty. | As revenge, Aphrodite ordered her corrupt son, Eros (Cupid) to make Psyche fall in love with a monster. Eros played games with the minds of lovers, including Ares, her husband, and was never punished for it. If he did this task for his mother, all that would be forgotten. | Psyche and Cupid
29: During that time, the king had received a message from an oracle telling them that she would marry a terrible creature. Her parents would never let that happen, instead they chose death for their youngest. As she attended her own funeral, poor Psyche begged and loathed her beauty for what it had gotten her, but she was strung to a rock to await her watery death. Instead, the West Wind saved her and laid her softly on a meadow. | She soon approached a great retreat that held voices with no bodies, that fed and cared for her. And that night Eros, visited her in bed and made her his wife, unable to show himself to her. During the day, Psyche cried for her sisters and Eros eventually let her see them. So when the sisters went to pay their respects to their sisters grave, the West Wind swooped them up and all three sister were reunited.
30: Psyche showed them her glorious home and spoiled them with luxury until they asked who her husband was. Forbidden by Eros, Psyche told a white lie and both sisters were returned home. Envious, they plotted against Psyche, but that night Eros told her that she was pregnant. The next day the sisters prayed on the happy news. They falsely warned her that her husband was a devious monster who would murder her after the birth. This news frightened Psyche and she admitted to them that she had never seen him. They advised her to go against his word and murder him. | That night, she gently lit a lamp and found herself looking at Eros. Surprised and curious, she toyed with with one of his arrows, but pricked herself and instantly fell even more in love with him. At this rush, she accidentally burned him with the lamps oil. Startled, the god awoke and knew what had happened. Feeling betrayed, he flew away immedietly. Also feeling betrayed, Psyche visited her sisters kingdom and told her the events of what had happened until the chapter of him flying away. He said; 'This is a dreadful deed you have done. Leave my bed this instant! I shall now take your sister'- at this point he cited your name- ' in
31: solemn marriage.' At once he then ordained Zephyrus to waft me outside the bounds of the estate." Hastily, the sister sailed to the rock and leapt from it, but the West Wind was no longer there. Psyche told the tale to the second sister who also fell to her death. With her revenge taken, the pregnant Psyche wandered from one community to another, looking for her husband. Eros lay in pain from his shoulder with is mother who chastised him before sending a warrant on Psyche to Heremes who ran everywhere sending the message. She was soon found by Consueto (Habit) and brought to Aphrodite where she was beat and tortured by the goddess. When she had her fun, she ordered Psyche to organize and sort a massive heap of wheat, barley, millet, poppy seed, chickpeas, lentils and beans before nightfall. Aphrodite left and the hurt Psyche couldn't imagine how to sort the mess and accidentally fell asleep. A tiny ant had heard of her situation and took pity on the young girl and rallied up his tribe and sorted out the massive pile before she came back. Angry at the success, Aphrodite knew it wasn't her work. For the night the two lovers slept under the same roof, not knowing. When morning broke Aphrodite sent her to gather the golden wool from a flock of sheep.
32: As she walked, Psyche planned to throw herself from the cliff, but was stopped by the reed who gave her instructions on how to get the fleece easily. Carrying them out, Psyche avoided the beasts and gathered the wool from the branches the sheep brushed upon. Full-handed, Psyche was to next fill a jug with the icy water of the Styx. Standing at the rocky mountain edge, Psyche surely thought her life couldn't be any worse while trying to figure out the dangerous landscape. Suddenly, Zeus's own bird, swooped down and carried Psyche through the mountains and filled the jug. The bird had recalled a favor Eros had done for him and thought it best to repay him by helping his wife. Angrier, Aphrodite gave her one last mission she couldn't possible survive. She handed Psyche a box and orders to go to Hades and ask Persephone for a healing herb. Standing at a high tower, Psyche knew she would let herself go to Hades, but never come back. Suddenly, the tower broke out in speech and advised to her to travel to Athens where she is to buy a pair of barely cakes and have two coins on hand for when she finds a crack in the Earth that leads to Hades.
33: Psyche kept in mind the obstacles of Venus as she approached the old man with a donkey, she was to ignore him and buy a pair of barley cakes and two coins. With those tasks done, she fell into Hades, only a shade now. She found the River Acheron and Charon, the ferry man. He took one coin and as they floated, she again ignored the old man asking for help from the river. Now halfway through, Psyche ignored the women weaving at loom and soon faced the feared hound of the underworld, Cerberus. Psyche threw one cake at him and quickly met Persephone who gave her back the box. To leave, she threw the second cake at the dog and ran to Charon who took her second coin and was free of Hades. In Athens, her curiosity overpowered her and opened the box only to be attacked by a deep sleep. | When Eros had recovered, he flew the skies, looking for his wife. When he found her, he pricked her with an arrow to wake her. They flew to the heavens where they asked Zeus for their official matrimony. The mighty god agreed and sent Heremes to gather the gods. At the theater of the heavens, the two lovers were married and Psyche drank a cup of ambrosia to become immortal.
34: Now a fellow god, Psyche birthed a beautiful baby girl. | Pleasure...
35: Pandora's Box
37: When Zeus was young and attempting to establish his title as King of the Gods he was challenged by the Titans over his power. A ten year war uprised, the Olympians against the Titans who were led by Cronus and Atlas. When the war ended. the two, Prometheus and Epimethius, brothers, were rewarded for fighting for Zeus. But Prometheus had crossed Zeus by giving man fire after he had given him orders not to. To not over punish him, he devised a plan. The first ever mortal woman would be his ploy in the plan to bring misery on man. To make this woman, Zeus asked for the help of his fellow gods. Aphrodite gave her grace and desire, Demeter taught her how to take care of a garden, Apollo gave her the gift of a beautiful voice and the knowledge to play the lyre. Hermes gave her the qualities of cunning and boldness, Athena taught her physical stamina, Poseidon bless her with a pearl necklace that would never let her drown, and Zeus gave her the qualities of being mischievous, foolish, and idle. They named her Pandora because it meant all gifted and held a banquet for her send off to Epimetheus. Right before they let her go, Hermes presented her with a beautifully crafted box that she must never open, under any circumstances. To make the plan just right, Hera blessed her with curiosity and let her go to the Earth. Prometheus, whose name means forethought, warned his brother, whose name means afterthought to not accept anything from the gods after what he had done.
38: When Hermes had delivered the beautiful woman, Epimetheus was over joyed at having such a wife. They settled down and she preformed her daily duties using the gifts from the gods, but curiosity chipped away at her more and more about what was in the mysterious little box. She moved it around the house, first in the foyer for display, then in the closet and finally she wrapped it in chains and buried it in the garden. As she laid awake, night after night she came to the conclusion that Hermes was playing a joke on her. He had only advised her no to open it when he really wanted her to. So that night she snuck out to the garden, dug up the box, unlocked the chains and cracked the box open a little bit, just to peek inside. A terrible smell was unleashed and she knew she had done something gravely wrong. Although she had shut it, she had released many evils into the world. Each god put a horrible plague into the box and when it was opened sickness, theft, old age, jealousy, passion, insanity, crime, famine, vice, greed death, pestilence and much more mixed with the good in the world so people couldn't distinguish which one was which. The only thing left at the bottom of the box was hope, the one thing that keeps man going with the possibility that circumstances might get better.
39: Heracles was the son of Zeus and a mortal woman. Hera was especially jealous of this and sent two serpents to kill the baby in his crib, but with his massive strength, he played with them like rattles. When he became older he had won many sports, but was slowly being driven mad by Hera, until one day it caught up with him and he murdered his own children. As a punishment he had to preform labors for his cousin Eurytheus, King of Tiryns and Mycenea.
40: His first labor was to challenge and kill the nemean lion. It was considered impossible since the monster had supernatural genetics, this caused it have a skin that couldn't be hurt by any weapon. Heracles had followed a plan he'd made, he blocked the doors of the lions cave, and strangled it to death in the dark. As a trophy he wore the skin in battle.
41: Eurystheus was terrified of Heracles once he saw the lions skin. He quickly issued the labor of killing the Hydra. The Hydra was a monster who had the an abundance of heads due to the ability of being able to grow two more heads when only one was removed. To successfully kill the monster, Heracles would decapitate the beast and his nephew, Iolaus, would burn the wound and stop two more from coming back. He buried the head under a boulder and returned to his cousins kingdom.
42: This labor was to capture the cerynitian hind. The doe had amazing speed and horns of gold to protect it. Because of its power, the deer was sacred to the goddess Artemis, therefore he could not kill it. For one whole year, he hunted it until he finally fired it between the tendons and bones of its forelegs. Artemis was distraught, but the young hero simply blamed the task on his cousin and went unpunished.
43: His fourth labor was to kill the wild erymanthian boar and bring it back alive. After tracking it down, he threw it over his shoulder and brought the boar back to his terrified cousin.
44: Erystheus was very happy to have thought of this next task. He sent his cousin to clean the stables of King Augeas in only one day. The king owned a very large amount of cattle that produced so much manure that the whole town stunk with its foul smell. Being clever, Heracles dropped the bucket and shovel and changed the flow of two rivers to wash the stables out without getting dirty. Erytheus had wanted a payment of Augeas and when he refused, he refused to count the task as a labor.
45: The styphalian birds were his next labor. They were not natural birds, they ate human skin and murdered men with their brass feathers. Heracles couldn't get close enough to the birds as they rested upon a swamp, the earth there was much to soft to walk on. To get them into the air, he made loud noises and scared them to fly and took them down.
46: The king of Crete needed a task taken care of. This was Heracles seventh labor. King Minos' wife had taken the brunt of a curse, she fell in love with a bull and the result of this was very feared minotaur. The king wanted the bull gone since it was terrorizing the islands countryside with its flame breathing powers. Instead of killing the beast, ho overpowered it ans shipped it Athens where it would later be killed by the other famous hero, Perseus (Theseus).
47: Heracles was to now bring his cousin the mares of Diomedes. The mares also ate human flesh. Its uncertain how but, he either fed the mares their own master or his apprentice, Abderus. As the meal for a distraction, he rounded the heard up and shipped them to his cousin and after showing him of his accomplishments, were let free on Mount Olympus.
48: His ninth labor was to get a belt from their amazonian queen to give to Erytheus' daughter. The Amazons were all women who studied war. Hippolyte, their queen, gave them belt willingly. Hera had enjoyed watching the hero suffer and wasn't going to let him have an easy task so she spread a rumor that her had kidnapped Hippolyte and a battle uprose. Heracles got away completed the labor.
49: Geryon owned a rare heard of cattle that had three heads per body. He had to steal the cattle and when doing this, the two headed watch dog, Orthrus charged Heracles, but killed him and showed the cattle to Erytheus. After that he returned them, feeling pity for murdering his dog and stealing his cattle.
50: The eleventh task was to retrieve Hera's prized, golden apples. The apples grew in a high walled grove which was guarded by a feared dragon and inside her Hesperide Nymphs to tend to the grove. The only way to get them was to ask for the help of Atlas. Happily, Atlas and Heracles switch and he got the apples for him. Not wanting to go back to supporting the heavens, Heracles made a deal with him. If he could take the heavens back for a minute, the hero would get a pillow for his own shoulder, but never came back.
51: As the final labor, Heracles had to capture the infamous dog, Cerberus, from the underworld and bring it to Erytheus. At the Styx, he terrified Charon into ferrying him across the river. Wearing the neameans lions skin, he chocked the god into unconsciousness and hauled him to Tiryns as his final debt. He had many more adventurous tales after his release and up until his time ended. He and his wife were being ferried across a river when a minotaur attacked them with a poisonous venom. After his death he became a god atop Mount Olympus and a goddess as a wife. The small human part of him remained as a shade and wanders Elysian Fields, looking for the company of other hero's.
52: When King Acrisius of Argos visited an oracle it told him that he would be murdered by his future grandson. He immediatly locked his only daughter, Danae, in a tower Zeus was clever and transformed into a shower of gold to get into the tower and loved her. The day Perseus was born, Acrisius locked him and Danae in a trunk and shipped them out to sea as a sacrafice, but instead beached on the island of Seriphos.
53: They lived a peaceful existence on the island with Dictys, the fisherman who found them, and treated them as family. It wasn't until Dictys brother showed a liking in Danae that Perseus objected to the courtship. To get Perseus out of the way, Polydectes lied to him and said he wanted the hand of a local maiden, Hippodameia. He told him that he needed some sort of a gift to get her attention, if Perseus found the perfect present, he would leave his mother alone. Polydectes knew the only way for this to happen was if Perseus never returned, so he sent the young hero on a quest to retrieve the head of Medusa the Gorgon. Athena, the goddess who cursed Medusa, wanted the head and told Perseus where to find the tools needed for the mission. He was to ask the gray sisters where the nymphs were that guarded the helmet of invisibility. Before sending him on his way, she gave him a mirrored shield and to find Atlas to tell him where the sisters lived.
54: Atlas pointed to a nearby cave where he found the sisters. They were crafty, scary old hags who didn't always like to be honest. They taunted Perseus as they shared their one eye. To get home quickly, he seized the eye and they quickly told him the residence of the water nymphs he sought.
55: The nymphs lived in Hades and found them bathing in the famous river, the Styx. They gave him the helmet, a bag for Medusa's head, and winged sandals. Hermes helped by lending him a sword.
56: As Perseus entered the lair, he saw the frozen statues of previously lost souls who looked in her eyes. When Medusa attacked him, he used the mirrored shield to see and he decapitated the Gorgon. From this sprung Pegasus, the winged horse and offspring of Poseidon. Taking Pegasus with him, he fled the cave and her sisters before they could find out. He put the head in the bag and took flight. While flying to Seriphos he saw a young maiden chained to a rock.
57: The King, her father, was sacrificing Andromeda to a sea monster to appease the gods for the mother saying she was more beautiful than the gods themselves. Immediately, Perseus slayed the beast by letting Medusa's gave hit it. He asked for Andromeda' s hand in marriage . She agreed happily for her savior as her husband and they returned to Seriphos where Perseus flashed Medusa at Polydectes and traveled to Argos to take his rightful place as king with Andromeda as his queen.