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Department
Classics
Course
CLT 3370
Professor
Timothy Stover
Semester
Fall

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Perseus 1. Hero from Argos 2. Like many heroes, he has an unusual birth story a. Son of Zeus and Danae (which makes Perseus a demigod) b. Acrisius and the oracle c. Danae and the shower of gold d. Acrisius banishes Danae and child i. Taken in by a man on island of Seriphos named Dictys 3. Brother of Dictys, Polydectes, is king of Seriphos a. Polydectes’ decree and Perseus’ boast b. Perseus visited by Athena and Hermes i. Tell him to visit the Graeae (‘old women’) 1. 3 old women who have one eye and one tooth between them 2. They know the way to some nymphs; Perseus steals their eye and tooth, and they give up the information he seeks 3. From the nymphs Perseus gets a. A cap of invisibility b. Winged sandals c. A special bag (the kibisis) 4. From Hermes, Perseus gets: a. A scimitar 4. Flies to land of Gorgons
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