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  • This is a somewhat larger than life marble sculpture depicting Perseus and Medusa, it was sculpted by Laurent Honoré Marquete (1875-1903) and is on permanent display at the Glyptothek in Copenhagen. The subject matter depicts the instant in Polydectes came to fall in love with the lovely Danaë When Perseus was developed. Perseus shielded his mom from him, and considered Polydectes was honourable; subsequently Polydectes plotted to send away Perseus in shame. He held a big banquet where each guest was expected to bring a present. Polydectes requested the guests bring horses, under the pretense he was gathering contributions for the hand of Hippodamia, "tamer of horses". Perseus had no horse so he requested the present to be named by Polydectes; he wouldn't reject it. Polydectes demanded the head of the mortal Gorgon and held Perseus to his reckless guarantee. Ovid's report of Medusa's mortality tells that she'd been a girl, vain of her wonderful hair, who'd lain in the Temple of Athena with Poseidon. In punishment for the desecration of her temple, Athena had shifted Medusa's hair into gruesome snakes "that she may dismay her astonished foes with horror".

    Athena instructed Perseus to discover the Hesperides, who were entrusted with weapons needed to get the better of the Gorgon. Following the guidance of Athena, Perseus sought out sisters of the Gorgons, the Graeae, to demand the location of the Hesperides, the nymphs. The Graeae were three perpetually old girls, who'd to share one eye. Perseus snatched it from them, holding it for ransom in return for the place of the nymphs as the girls passed the eye from one to another. When he was led by the sisters to the Hesperides, he returned what he'd taken.

    From the Hesperides he received a knapsack (kibisis) to safely take Medusa's head. Zeus gave him an adamantine sword (a Harpe) and Hades' helm of darkness to conceal. Hermes given while Athena gave him a polished shield Perseus winged sandals to fly. Perseus subsequently moved to the Gorgons' cave.

    In the cavern he came upon the sleeping Medusa. By seeing Medusa's reflection in his polished shield, he approached and cut her head off. From her neck sprang Pegasus ("he who sprang") and Chrysaor ("sword of gold"), the result of Poseidon and Medusa's assembly. Perseus, but he escaped was pursued by the other two Gorgons.

    From here he carried on to see Atlas, king of Mauretania, who'd denied him cordial reception; in retaliation Perseus turned him to rock (Thus the Atlas Mountains). 


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