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Lecture 23.pdf


Department
Classical Studies
Course Code
CLAS 2000
Professor
John Walsh

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PERSEUS CONTINUED
On island of Seriphos, Polydectys throws a party
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A horse
He demands a present from everyone
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Hes in an economic disadvantage
It will result in such terrible shame so he will have to exile himself
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But he says he will bring him the head of medusa
He arrives at the party and is ridiculed for not bringing a horse
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Gorgon
Medusa begins the fourth gorgon
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She is transformed into it unlike the others
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It’s a hideous beast
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She was noted for having snake hair and an appearance so horrific, that if you look at her, you would
turn to stone
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She wasn’t always a gorgon, or horrifically ugly
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Her transformation was pervanity around her beauty
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She was a virgin priestess of Athena
She was a great beauty, and known for her thick, lustrous hair,
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Punishment was due according to the greeks
She was punished for her excessive beauty, so she was transformed into a gorgon
Being raped, and having virginity being stolen, no one can even look at her anymore
Medusa was seen by Poseidon, and was attracted by her and raped her
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Lives at end of the world
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Men want her head to petrify enemies
Her head is identified as a great potential weapon,
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Perseus
Offers to cut off the head of Medusa and bring it to the party
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Sets off on his quest
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From Hermes he receives the ability of flight, through winged sandles or winged cap
From Athena, he receives a highly polished shield and a very sharp curved sword
From Hades, a bag to place her head in
He receives divine assistance from Zeus
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Gains info from wearabouts from lots of places
Island of the golden apples
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The Graeae
Three blind sisters that can tell him where Medusa lives
They share a single eye
Comes across 3 old witches
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Then throws it away
He steals their eye so they can tell him where Medusa lives
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Present him with devine instruments
Nymphs
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Sets off to hunt down medusa
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Hermes and Athena are figuratively present
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He comes to her while hes sleeping, then uses the shield to look at Medusa, and decapitates her
Lecture 23
Friday, March 15, 2013
11:24 AM
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