FC: Perseus : The Son of Zeus | Elizabeth Frye
1: Back in the days when gods and monsters roamed the earth, there were once heroes who went on journeys filled with danger and glory. Perseus, the son of Zeus, was once such hero.
2: In Greece, there was a king named Acrisius who ruled the city of Argos. His daughter's beauty was legendary throughout the land, but he cared not for her for he desired a son. | King Acrisius traveled to the oracle at Delphi and asked if he would have a son. He would not. But the oracle instead told him that his daughter, Danae, would give birth to a son who would kill him.
4: Fearful of his fate, the king had a house of bronze built underground and put Danae within it. Her only comfort was the light coming throught the open roof.
5: Zeus saw from Olympus how miserable she was and descended from the heavens to keep her company. Some time later, she had a son and named him Perseus.
6: King Acrisius discovered Perseus and put him and Danae into a chest and cast it into the sea. They washed up on an island and were saved by Dictys, a local fisherman. Perseus grew up on the island and the ruler, Polydectes, took a liking to his mother and wanted to marry her. He did not want Perseus though and plotted to get rid of him.
8: Polydectes tricked Perseus into going to kill Medusa, a fearful monster. The oracle at Delphi told him to go to Dodona where he discovered the gods were protecting him. After this, Hermes appeared before Perseus.
10: Hermes told him to travel to the land where the Grey Women lived. There were three sisters who shared one eye and he should steal it from them to get them to tell him where Medusa lived. Perseus did this and the sisters told him Medusa's location, and he went onward to Hyperborean where he recieved a magic wallet, winged sandals, and cap to make him invisible.
13: Hermes had given Perseus a sword and Athena also presented him with a gift: a polished bronze sheild. He was to use these and his three other gifts to kill the fearsome Medusa. | Guided by Hermes and Athena, Perseus traveled to the island where Medusa and her sisters lived. They were sleeping when Perseus arrived and the two gods told him which one Medusa was for she was the only one out of all three who could be killed.
14: Flying above the sleeping Medusa with his winged sandals, Perseus looked into the bronze shield to see Medusa. If he looked at her directly, he would turn to stone. Then with one swing of his sword, he cut off her head. | He put Medusa's head into the magic wallet and placed the invisibility cap on so her two sisters would not be able to see him. Hermes and Athena left him as he began his journey home.
16: On his way back, Perseus comes upon Andromeda who had been chained to a rock, an offering to the sea monster who had plagued her city when her mother incurred the wrath of the gods. Perseus killed the monster and asked her father for her hand in marriage. With Andromeda, Perseus returned to the island only to find out that his mother and Dictys were hiding from Polydectes who could not accept her refusal to marry him. Perseus then went to the king's palace and used Medusa's head to turn everyone in the room into stone. That way, his mother would no longer be troubled.
18: Perseus, Andromeda, and Perseus' mother decided to try to reconcile with Aricius, but when they went to Argos they discovered he was no longer there. | Perseus took part in an athletic contest to the north in Larissa. When he threw the discus, it veered off into the crowd and killed one person. That person was Acrisius, Perseus' true father. In the end, the prophecy ended true.
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