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Perseus

  1. 1. Perseus Shane Zeshonski
  2. 2. Origin <ul><li>King Acrisius was told that the son of his daughter, Danae, would kill him. </li></ul><ul><li>He could not let this happen so he locked her in a tower to never marry or have children </li></ul><ul><li>However, a man with a thunderbolt appeared to her and together they gave birth to a boy, Perseus. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Cast Away <ul><li>King Acrisius was furious when he discovered the child. </li></ul><ul><li>He shut Danae and Perseus up in a chest and cast them out to sea. </li></ul><ul><li>Somehow they got to Seriphos where Polydectes was king. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Polydectes’ Plot <ul><li>Soon Polydectes fell in love with Danae and wanted to remove Perseus. </li></ul><ul><li>Perseus was tricked into offering anything Poldectes wanted as a wedding gift. </li></ul><ul><li>He demanded the head of Medusa, a gorgon with a gaze that turned people to stone. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Help from the Gods <ul><li>Divine help was needed for this quest and it came from Hermes and Athena. </li></ul><ul><li>Athena gave Perseus her mirrored shield and Hermes gave him his sword. </li></ul><ul><li>He then visited the Gray Women and forced them to tell him how to get to the Gorgons. He was also given a satchel, winged sandals, and a cap to make him invisible. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Slaying Medusa <ul><li>He used the reflection in his shield to approach Medusa and cut off her head. </li></ul><ul><li>The other Gorgons attacked, but Perseus used the sandals and the cap to escape. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Princess Andromeda <ul><li>As he passed Ethiopia on his return trip, Perseus spied Andromeda chained to a rock. </li></ul><ul><li>Her father was sacrificing her to a sea monster to please Poseidon. </li></ul><ul><li>Perseus rescued her in return for their marriage. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Return to Seriphos <ul><li>When Perseus returned to Seriphos, he used Medusa’s head to turn Polydectes to stone. </li></ul><ul><li>He made Polydectes’ brother, Dictys, the new king. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Prophecy Fulfilled and The End <ul><li>At an athletic event sometime later, Perseus thrilled a crowd with his discus skill. </li></ul><ul><li>However, he accidentally struck and killed a man who turned out to be Acrisius. </li></ul><ul><li>The prophecy originally told to Acrisius had come true. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Works Cited <ul><li>Hamilton, Edith.  Mythology . New York: Little Brown & Company, 1940. Print. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Perseus.&quot;  Greek Mythology . 2005. Web. 21 Feb. 2010. <http://www.greekmythology.com/Myth s/Heroes/Perseus/perseus.html>. </li></ul>

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