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Why did Athena turn Medusa ugly?
Once upon a time, a long time ago there lived a beautiful maiden named Medusa. Medusa lived in the city of Athens in a country named Greece -- and although there were many pretty girls in the city, Medusa was considered the most lovely.
Unfortunately, Medusa was very proud of her beauty and thought or spoke of little else. Each day she boasted of how pretty she was and each day her boasts became more outrageous.
On Sunday, Medusa bragged to the miller that her skin was more beautiful than fresh fallen snow. On Monday, she told the cobbler that her hair glowed brighter than the sun. On Tuesday, she commented to the blacksmith's son that her eyes were greener than the Aegean Sea. On Wednesday, she boasted to everyone at the public gardens that her lips were redder than the reddest rose.
When she wasn't busy sharing her thoughts about her beauty with all who passed by, Medusa would gaze lovingly at her reflection in the mirror. She admired herself in her hand mirror for an hour each morning as she brushed her hair. She admired herself in her darkened window for an hour each evening as she got ready for bed. She even stopped to admire herself in the well each afternoon as she drew water for her father's horses -- often forgetting to fetch the water in her distraction.
On and on Medusa went about her beauty to anyone and everyone who stopped long enough to hear her -- until one day when she made her first visit to the Parthenon with her friends. The Parthenon was the largest temple to the goddess Athena in all the land. It was decorated with amazing sculptures and paintings. Everyone who entered was awed by the beauty of the place and couldn't help but think of how grateful they were to Athena, goddess of wisdom, for inspiring them and for watching over their city of Athens. Everyone, that is, except Medusa.
When Medusa saw the sculptures, she whispered that she would have made a much better subject for the sculptor than Athena had. When Medusa saw the artwork, she commented that the artist had done a fine job considering the goddess's thick eyebrows -- but imagine how much more wonderful the painting would be if it was of someone as delicate as Medusa.
And when Medusa reached the altar she sighed happily and said, "My this is a beautiful temple. It is a shame it was wasted on Athena for I am so much prettier than she is - perhaps some day people will build an even grander temple to my beauty."
Medusa's friends grew pale. The priestesses who overheard Medusa gasped. Whispers ran through all the people in the temple who quickly began to leave -- for everyone knew that Athena enjoyed watching over the people of Athens and feared what might happen if the goddess had overheard Medusa's rash remarks.
Before long the temple was empty of everyone except Medusa, who was so busy gazing proudly at her reflection in the large bronze doors that she hadn't noticed the swift departure of everyone else. The image she was gazing at wavered and suddenly, instead of her own features, it was the face of Athena that Medusa saw reflected back at her.
"Vain and foolish girl," Athena said angrily, "You think you are prettier than I am! I doubt it to be true, but even if it were -- there is more to life than beauty alone. While others work and play and learn, you do little but boast and admire yourself."
Medusa tried to point out that her beauty was an inspiration to those around her and that she made their lives better by simply looking so lovely, but Athena silenced her with a frustrated wave.
"Nonsense," Athena retorted, "Beauty fades swiftly in all mortals. It does not comfort the sick, teach the unskilled or feed the hungry. And by my powers, your loveliness shall be stripped away completely. Your fate shall serve as a reminder to others to control their pride."
And with those words Medusa's face changed to that of a hideous monster. Her hair twisted and thickened into horrible snakes that hissed and fought each other atop her head.
"Medusa, for your pride this has been done. Your face is now so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it will turn a man to stone," proclaimed the goddess, "Even you, Medusa, should you seek your reflection, shall turn to rock the instant you see your face."
And with that, Athena sent Medusa with her hair of snakes to live with the blind monsters -- the gorgon sisters -- at the ends of the earth, so that no innocents would be accidentally turned to stone at the sight of her.
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no she was considered to be very beautiful
No in fact the reason Medusa is a gorgon is because Athena turned her into one in this myth here: The three Gorgon sisters were daughters of ancient Sea Gods, Ceto and Phorcy…s. Two, Stheno and Eluryah were immortal, but the third, Medusa was not. She had been a female of absolute beauty, mostly her long, silky hair. She bragged at being more beautiful than the Goddess Athena, and one day, while in her temple, she was ravished by the Sea God Neptune. Athena was outraged by this and turned Medusa into the Gorgon she became famous for being. She turned her beautiful hair into snakes and let it be that she could no longer see the handsome men who came to court her, as they would instantly be turned to stone if they looked into her eyes.
Medusa was once a beautiful lady, but evil. She tried to beat all the Gods and wanted to be the best at everything. No one could beat her. So the Gods planned to make Medusa …pay. They made her a fearful sight, with vipers instead of hair. Anyone who saw her was turned into stone. Eventually a brave young soldier crept to Medusa in her cave. He held out a mirror and while Medusa was sleeping chopped off her head and put it in a goatskin bag. Since the head still had the ability to stun, he used it as a weapon till he gave it to Athena. The soldier's name was Perseus. Answer 2: The reason why she was punished was not that she excelled, but that she had sex with Poseidon in Athena's temple while being Athena's priestess. That made Athena very angry She didn't have sex, she was raped.
Medusa was one of the three Gorgons, and very beautiful. She was punished, though, for sleeping with poseidon (the sea god) in Athena's(god of battle and wisdom) temple. Athen…a made medusa have snakes for hair and made her so ugly that any one who looked at her directly in the eyes would turn to stone.
Medusa was the high priestess of Athena. She was beautiful and was desired by many men. One day Poseidon, god of the sea and earthquakes, took Medusa into Athena's temple and …raped her. Athena was furious for being a priest of Athena you had to keep your maidenhood like the goddess. So to make sure this didn't happen again, Athena turned Medusa into a gorgon with snakes for hair and eyes that turn people to stone.
Medusa and Poseidon were courting in Athena's temple and she turned Medusa and her sisters who helped her get into the temple the three Gorgons. ('cuz courting in her temple w…as hugely disrespectful)
The later classical poets write that Athena transformed Medusa into a monster as punishment for having sex with Poseidon in her shrine, although the earlier writers portray he…r as a monster from a monstrous family.
That depends. Some people think of her as a beautiful woman with snakes for hair, and some think of her as a completely ugly hag (with snakes for hair). Either way, looking at… her turns you to stone.
athena is medusa's enemy because athena turned medusa into a horrible gorgon when she was caught sleeping with poseidon in her temple
Athena didn't kill Medusa. Perseus is the hero who did that. Athena only turned Meduas into a monster.
Medusa was once a priestess in the Temple of Athena. She was renowned for her beauty, but had taken a vow of chastity because her patron goddess, Athena, was also the Goddess …of Virgins. According to legend, she was raped inside the Temple of Athena by the god Poseidon. Since this behaviour was expected of Poseidon, Athena blamed Medusa for the rape, and the desecration of her temple, and punished her accordingly. Basically victimizing her (Medusa) a second time.
Because Medusa was making love with Poseidon in Athena's temple.
Medusa was a very beautiful mortal many mortal men wanted her and Gods. One night she was walking and Poseidon(in disguised) chases Medusa. Medusa runs into Athena's temple lo…oking for sanctuary,but Poseidon had his way and abused Medusa.Athena(being a virgin Goddess) looked @ it as Medusa should have been able to protect herself and her virginity turned her into a Gorgon so that no man would ever want her again and would turn man to stone when looked into her eyes.(snake body,hair,tongue but human body and arms) Yes you would think that Athena uncle would to be to blame but Athena is a warrior goddess.
If you're talking about Perseus and the Gorgon's head, than it's Perseus. If you're talking about the story about who Medusa got her snake hair, then it's just Poseidon, Medu…sa and Athena.
Medusa and Poseidon (the god of the seas, horses, etc) had sex in one of Athena's temples, which angered Athena. Medusa was a priestess in Athena's temple. But once Poseidon m…ade love to her in the temple which enraged Athena, so she turned her and her sisters into the three gorgons. EDIT: Poseidon raped her. ANOTHER REPLY: Eww.
Athena cursed her for 'getting it on' with Poseidon in her temple.
Athena hates Medusa because Poseidon took her to Athena's worship place. Athena did not like that so Athena cursed Medusa so that no man could ever look at her again. Medusa w…as infuriated so she took Poseidon into the worship place and did some... stuff. Athena pledged never to do that so, Athena was pretty pissed off.