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Perseus was one of the greatest and oldest pan - Hellenic heroes of Greek mythology . He famously slew the dreaded Gorgon Medusa whose gaze could turn men to stone, an exploit he swiftly followed up with the daring rescue of the princess Andromeda from a monstrous sea-creature sent by Poseidon to terrorize the kingdom of Ethiopia. 

Using his flying sandals then, Perseus travelled to the ends of the earth (literally) and creeping up on the Gorgons, our light-footed hero, invisible thanks to his cap, beheaded Medusa without much fuss using his divine sickle, the only unexpected event being the emergence of Chyrsaor and Pegasus , the winged horse, from the severed neck of the dead Gorgon. The two surviving Gorgons gave chase, but Perseus received aid from Athena and he easily escaped with his prize.

Returning to Seriphos, according to Apollodorus, Perseus’ adventures continue. There is no other support for these additions in the Greek mythological tradition in literature , but there are 6th century BCE pottery depictions of certain scenes, and the additions have since become as much a part of the Perseus legend as the earlier adventures.



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