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Answered 2012-06-28 02:57:40

Medusa was a priestess of Athena. Later she was seduced by posideon and when she ran from him, he raped her in athena's temple. Medusa prayed to Athena for protection, but Athena didn't come. Later Athena appeared to medusa and told her that since medusa was such a flirt herself, that she deserved it and Athena would protect all mortal men from her by making her deadly to men. The other part of her curse was that she could not harm women. Medusa was sent into exile.

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What was Medusas impotance in Greek culture?

Athena turned Medusa's hair into snakes after she caught Poseidon and Medusa in her temple. Now, Medusa was so ugly, anyone who saw her turned to stone.


Why did Athena turn Medusa's hair into snakes?

Athena turned Medusa's hair into snakes because Poseidon slept with Medusa inside Athena's temple.


Why did Medusa had snakes in her hair?

Athena put a curse on her.


How did Medusa get punished?

Her punishment was her hair turning into snakes by Athena.


Why is Medusa's enemie Athena?

Medusa is her enemy because she was a beautiful girl which Athena decide to change her because Athena was jealous so she made her hair turn into snakes. They never liked each other because of this.


How did Medusa get snakes for hair?

Usually the story is that Medusa was an Athena priestess, who once made love to Poseidon in Athena's temple. In revenge Athena turned Medusa into something as ugly as possible. Another Answer: Because she was making love in a temple that belonged to Athena and in rage Athena turned Medusa's hair into snakes, or Medusa bragged about her hair and Hera, out of jealousy, turned her hair into snakes. Whatever makes sense to you. Yet Another Answer: Medusa once informed Athena that Snakes were more Fair(more beautiful) than Athena herself in order to spite her. In a fit of rage Athena damned Medusa to become that which she held so high.


Why are intertwined snakes a symbol of Athena?

Athena came to Greece from the island of Crete, and may have originated as an early Near Eastern goddess. In the very early times, she was represented with snakes in her hair and on the hem of her dress. Athena was originally a sun goddess, and the snakes in her hair may have represented the rays of the sun. There is some evidence that some early Middle Eastern sun gods were represented with long hair or snakes on their heads.


Did Aphrodite have something to do with Medusa's hair of snakes?

No. Athena caught Posideon and Medusa (who at the time was his girlfriend) in her temple, which was very disrespectful to her, and set her hair as snakes.


What did Medusa do before she was a monster?

she and poseidon "hung out" in a temple for Athena, Athena finds out and makes Medusa's beatiful hair full of snakes


What are some horrible things Athena did?

She turned Medusa in to a hideous creature with snakes as hair


Who is Medusa's enemies?

The only enemy I know that Medusa has is Athena. She turned her hair into snakes.


What is the story of Athena and Medusa?

Athena caught Medusa and Poseidon in her temple. Athena was pledged never to marry, so she took this as an insult. She then turned Medusa's hair into snakes.


Who were Poseidon's and Medusas kids?

Poseidon and Medusa did not end up having children, thanks to Athena. Athena caught the two of them together in her temple, and used her powers to make Medusa ugly, which is how Medusa got her snake hair.


How do people recognize medusa?

Athena had cursed her with snakes for hair. With her gaze she turned people to stone.


How did Medusa she get a snake head?

Medusa had hair but then Athena cursed her so now her hair is snakes and if you look in to her eyes then she will turn you into stone.


Why Medusas is so agle?

If you mean ugly, then this is the two versions why:She was once a beautiful priestess in Athena's temple, but (and there two versions of this) Poseidon raped or seduced her in Athena's temple (as he and Athena were enemies over the dispute of Athens). Athena, enraged by the desecration of her temple, punished Medusa by making her ugly, as she couldn't punish PoseidonMedusa was a beautiful and very vain maiden who boasted she was more beautiful then Athena. Athena, enraged by this, turned her hair into snakes and make her gaze turn people to stone


What crime did Athena the goddess of war commit?

Athena turned Medusa into a hideous monster with snakes as hair. if you look at them you turn to stone. She also killed apollo.


What are Medusas special powers?

she can turn you to stone forever by just looking you in the eyes. I did not read her story this way. It appears that after Athena became jealous and changed this beautiful maidens hair into writhing snakes and made her face horrible to look upon this caused those who did so to turn into stone. It appears that it was not special power of Medusa but the sight or shock of seeing such a horrible face caused the change.


Which animal is a Medusa?

Medusa is a person. She and her sisters made up the Gorgons. She was made ugly by Athena and had snakes for hair.



Was Medusa hideous?

Medusa was said to be beautiful before she was cursed by Athena. Afterward, she had snakes as hair and was portrayed as a hideous monster.


What color is Medusa's hair color?

According to the pictures of the sites that talk about Greek mythology, said that she had long red hair. Medusa's hair was turned into snakes when the goddess Athena cursed her.


Does Athena have blonde hair?

Yes Athena does have Blonde hair but some Idiots say that she has Brown hair


Why does a mudusa have snakes for hair?

Medusa has snakes for hair because Athena, the goddess of wisdom cursed her for being so beautiful. Before Medusa was cursed, she lived with her 2 sisters, Euryale and Stheno, the Gorgons. People used to come from far places to have a glimpse of Medusa's lovely face. SO, Athena got pretty angry and jealous so she cursed Medusa making her hair snakes and her eyes a weapon that turns people into stone if you look at her in the eye.


What did Athena do to Medusa?

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 because Medusa was one of Poseidon's lovers and they one day met in Athena's temple.


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