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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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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.
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.
Medusa went into Athene's temple and Poseidon was spying on her and then Poseidon raped her in front of Athene so Athene got furious and said the that wasn't going to happen a…gain so Athene turned Medusa into a gorgon because she said that it was Medusa's fought.Then Athene found out that Medusa had two sisters so Athene said that Medusa's sisters were probably are going to do the something so she turned then into gorgon. Medusa was probably 25 years old when she was turned into a ugly gorgon
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.
no she was considered to be very beautiful
Because Medusa was making love with Poseidon in Athena's temple.
Medusa and Poseidon (god of the seas) had sex in one of Athena's temples, which angered Athena.
Medusa was always a goddess called Medusa, if she was a goddess Athena only cursed her.
Medusa was turned into an ugly Gorgon by Athena. She did so because Medusa once made love to Poseidon in Athena's temple.
Athena caught Poseidon and Medusa having sex in athena's temple and turned her because she was mad.
Athena turned Medusa into a monster with snakes for hair. Whenever someone looked at Medusa after she was cursed, they would be turned to stone. Athena did this to Medusa beca…use Medusa was one of Poseidon's lovers and they one day met in Athena's temple.
She turned Medusa into a monster as a punishment for sneaking out with the sea god Poseidon in Athena's temple, thereby desecrating it.
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)
Athena was the one that cursed Medusa. She caught Medusa, then a beautiful sea nymph, meeting with Poseidon in one of her temples. Athena was so mad that she cursed Medusa wit…h snake hair and eyes that will turn people into stone. This is probably why Athena helped Perseus kill Medusa and then placed Medusa's head on her shield.
Medusa didn't just 'go out' with Poseidon. They had sex in Athena's temple (which is greatly disrespectful, also considering that Athena is one of the three virgin goddesses).… So, she got mad and turned Medusa into a gorgon. That is why Medusa hates Athena.
Poseidon is a god, so he can easily lift the curse.