September 11 , 2012
Current definition main character, remarkable event/accomplishment
Ancient times aristocrats, gods/goddesses, warriors. Reward for the hero; glory, kingdom, women.
Sent on a task as punishment for arrogance (often involving monsters). Supposedly almost perfect with
a few flaws.
Friends with King Proetus, Proteus’ wife tried to seduce Bellerophon
Rejected, wife lied and accused Bellerophon of trying to seduce her
Proetus sends B to wife’s father Iobates (he didn’t want to deal with killing B), father didn’t want
Iobates sends him to kill Chimaera, demon god that resembles a dragon.
Goddess (?) informs him that he will need the help of Pegasus, and how to tame Pegasus
Successfully kills Chimaera, off to conquer Amazons
Returns to Iobates after successful, reads letter and explains original problem
Iobates knows his daughter is capable of this, gives B another daughter as a wife and gives him
position of power
Tries to fly to heaven on Pegasus, gets bucked off and dies.
King Acrisius had daughter Danae
Consulted oracle about son, told he would be killed by his own grandson
Locked daughter in tower so she couldn’t have a son, however she was impregnated by Zeus
Danae gives birth to Perseus in secret, King eventually finds out
Locks Perseus and Danae in chest, found by fisherman
Fisherman raises P as his own son, King of island takes a liking to Danae
Pretends to court another woman, sends Perseus off to kill Gorgon known as Medusa
Asks Graeae (witch sisters) where Medusa is, holds shared eye ransom
Also tell him where winged sandals, powerful sword and “head bag” are
Can’t look at her, so he uses the shield to see her reflection and cuts her head off
Sea beast ravaging countryside when he returns
Oracle “only way to get rid of the beast is to chain Andromeda” as a sort of sacrifice
Perseus kills beast, gets Andromeda and flies her back to the island where Danae is