FC: PERSEUS The Tale of a Hero | Retold by: Brennus Jonquet & Igor Shapiro
1: Once upon a time, King Acrisius ruled over the great land of Argo and had the most beautiful of daughters, Danae. But this was not good enough for the king. He wanted a son. He went to ask a priestess about him ever having a son that would one day take over the kingdom after his father.
2: When he inquired about his son, he received shocking news, as the priestess told him that he would not only never have a son, but that the son of his daughter would, in tern, kill him! The King became both scared and outraged at this prophecy. He thought about killing his daughter, but he just couldn't. So, he simply decided to lock Danae up in an underground chamber, which had only some light entering from the ceiling. | Harrsch, Mary. Perseus by Cellini. 2005. Photograph. flickrWeb. 25 Sep 2012.
3: Danae, locked in her chamber, had nothing to do, but to look at the sky above her. And one day, a mysterious event occurred. A shower of gold fell into her chamber and filled it up. She knew that this was the great god Zeus that would have done this. Some time after, she became pregnant and knew that her baby was Zeus' as well as hers'.
4: When Acrisius discovered that his daughter was carrying Zeus' child, he put both Danae and her son into a box, which was cast out into the sea. For some time, Danae mourned as she held the baby close to her in the floating box. Life had treated them both unfairly. On the course the box had taken, a good fisherman, named Dictys, found the box and looked after Danae and her son, Perseus. The newly formed family lived on an island owned by Dictys' brother, Polydectes, a cruel and ruthless man. | Zeus. 2005. Photograph. flickrWeb. 25 Sep 2012.
5: Polydectes had never cared for or acknowledged Danae and Perseus, but one day, he saw Danae and found her to be beautiful, despite the fact that Perseus was now full-grown. Polydectes now wanted to take Danae for himself, but he needed Perseus out of the picture. So, in order to rid Perseus for good, Polydectes told Perseus about some greatly dangerous creatures called Gorgons and elaborated about how his greatest desire was to have the head of one. When Polydectes finally ended up marrying Danae, he invited Perseus to his celebration. | Perseu e Andrmeda.. 2007. Photograph. flickrWeb. 25 Sep 2012.
6: At the celebration, all of the guests provided the couple with gifts, but Perseus had nothing to offer except for one thing. He stepped forward and told Polydectes that he would bring to him the head of Medusa, the most dangerous of the Gorgons, as his gift to their marriage. Polydectes was more than enthusiastic to hear this news. Perseus then took a ship and sailed off to distant lands, in search of the location of the Gorgons. But each place he went to only led him to another, until the god Hermes, messenger of Zeus, presented himself before Perseus. | 9019 - St Petersburg - Hermitage - Hermes. 2008. Photograph. flickr, St Petersburg. Web. 25 Sep 2012.
7: Hermes explained to Perseus that in order to face Medusa, he would need some major items. A sword, strong enough to cut through Medusa's thick skin, a shield to protect himself from her attacks and a sack that would hold all of Perseus' things. Also, Perseus was given a pair of flying sandals, similar to Hermes', and a cap, from Athena, the goddess of war, that would turn him invisible. With all of these together, Perseus would surely succeed on his quest. | Cogswell, Ron. Athena -- The Parthenon Nashville (TN) July 2011. 2011. Photograph. flickr, Nashville . Web. 25 Sep 2012.
8: He ended up finding Medusa's temple and went inside. She was there, along with her 2 sisters, which could not die. Only Medusa could die, so Athena helped Perseus to find her. With the sandals on, Perseus was floating in the air, waiting for Medusa to approach him. When she was close by, Perseus saw her reflection through the shiny shield and he swung his sword around. With this one strike, Medusa's head flew off and Perseus placed it in his sack. He easily escaped the temple, because he was wearing the invisibility cap. | Paz, Ana. Medusa. 2010. Photograph. flickrWeb. 25 Sep 2012.
9: Perseus had done it! He had successfully completed his quest and shown all of Greece that he saved them. Everyone rejoiced at this amazing event and celebrations continued for many years to come. | The End
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