As part of Caroline (from the terrific Just Another Bookish Blog) and my Percy Jackson re-read, we are doing posts on Greek mythology every Wednesday!
This week's topic for Caroline is Poseidon, and for myself Medusa.
No, this is not a wikipedia page! This retelling is in my own words, thank you very much. Copyright by me and myself!
For those of you who do not know, Medusa is a mythological monster in Greek mythology, famous for having snakes for hair and the deadly power to turn people into stone if they look into her eyes. But exactly how did this all come about?
The story begins with Poseidon fighting with Athena. Athena gains the upper hand when she turns the woman Poseidon is trying to seduce, Coronis, into a raven. Furious, Poseidon goes looking for a way to exact his vengeance, and finds it in the form of his new lover, Medusa.
Medusa is actually the daughter of Phorcys (god of hidden dangers of deep water) and Keto (common mother of sea-based monsters). She was a priestess of Athena, which makes what happens next all the more worse... There are different versions of what happens next, but the bottom line is that with the help of her two sisters Euryale and Stheno, Medusa made her way into one of Athena's virgin temples to meet Poseidon. That was an act of extreme disrespect, and Athena, obviously enraged, turned Medusa and her sisters into a trio of monsters known as the gorgons, who are known for their snakes for hair. She also placed another curse on Medusa, so that anyone who looked into her eyes would immediately turn into stone.
The story of Medusa comes to a seeming end when she's killed by the hero Perseus, son of Zeus and Danae, who uses a polished spear to approach her sleeping form and behead her. But as we all know, monsters have a tendency to not stay eternally dead...
And that it for this week's Mythology Wednesday! Don't forget to check out Caroline's blog for her post on Poseidon this week!
Our next order of events will be a review on Friday! See you all then :)