Medusa

In the Greek Mythologies, Medusa was a monster described to having a hideous face with living venomous snakes in place of hair. She's the daughter of Phorcys and Ceto and the mother of Pegasus and Chrysaor. She was beheaded by the hero Perseus who used her head as a weapon afterwards until he gave it to the goddess Athena in place of her shield.

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Was Medusa evil?

Yes; she had serpents as hair and if you looked at her eyes you would turn to stone. She was one of the three Gorgons, monsters from mythology. Perseus could look at her eyes in the reflection of a shield and not get turned to stone; he cut off her head head put it into a bag.

She was not originally evil. She was a preistess of the virgin goddess Athena and was a young a very very beautiful young woman. Poseidon decided he liked her and came and raped Medusa in Athena's temple. Athena was furious, but couldn't do anything to Posiedon because of his power. So Athena got Zeus to turn Medusa into an ugly monster to be cast away and never looked at again.

Just the victim getting punished. Totally fair, right?

So ya medusa is evil and she is an ancient greek species called Gorgons.

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Are Athena and Medusa friends?

No. Athena and Medusa hated each other. Poseidon and Medusa (when she was human) dated and Poseidon took Medusa on a date in Athena's temple which showed serious disrespect to Athena. Since Poseidon was Athena's uncle and he was more powerful than her she couldn't do anything to him accept hold a grudge so she cursed Medusa with such bad looks that whenever someone looked her in the eyes (except gods) they would turn to stone. Then, when Medusa's sisters tried to help her Athena turned them into Gorgons as well.

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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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What happened between Medusa and Poseidon?

Poseidon wanted to have carnal relations with Medusa but Medusa was a priestess in the temple of Athena, a maiden god. As such, all of her priestess were also expected to be maidens. Poseidon disregarded this and raped Medusa within the temple walls. Athena was infuriated but could not take her vengeance on Poseidon so instead she turned Medusa into a gorgon. Medusa was essentially punished for being raped.

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Who is son of Medusa?

Both the winged Pegasus and the giant or winged boar Chrysaor could be called sons of Medusa because they emerged when her head was cut off by Perseus.

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What were Medusas powers?

meduesas powers were she turned people into stone if they look at her and the only to kill her is slicing her head off. you look at her by a reflection

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How was Pegasus born?

I'm assuming you are referring to the winged horse Pegasus from the Greek mythology. In Greek mythology it is stated that Pegasus was born out of Medusa's neck when she was beheaded by Perseus, son of Danae. There are however a few variations as to how exactly this happened. Some say Pegasus was born directly out of her neck, while other stories describe how Pegasus was born out of the blood flowing from her neck. Hope this helps.

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Which greek god turned Medusa's once proud locks into ringlets of hissing snakes?

Medusa was the high priestess of Athena. She was beautiful and was desired by many men.

One day Poseidon, Lord of the sea and earthquakes, took Medusa into Athena's temple and raped her. Athena was furious, for being a priestess of Athena, she had to keep her 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.

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What was the curse of Medusas face?

you turn into stone

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What happened between Athena and Medusa?

Athena was angry that Medusa slept with Poseidon in her temple, so she turned her into a Gorgon.

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Some myths say Medusa was a priestess of Athena and that she (Medusa) was raped by Poseidon in Athena's temple. Athena didn't care that Medusa was raped Athena just cared that her temple was defiled.

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What symbols are best associated with Perseus?

I wouldn't say that Perseus has any obvious symbols but my guess is that Pegasus is best affiliated with Perseus because Pegasus was born when Medusa was slain by Perseus. Pegasus sprang from Medusa's blood. I gave it a shot :-)

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What did Medusa face look like?

she used to be a beautiful woman until she was changed into a Gorgan by Athena. I dont think her face was really altered but im not sure, so probably a beautiful, human face.

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Why did Athena curse Medusa?

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.

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Who is in Medusa's family tree?

Medusa was the mortal daughter of Phorcys, the embodyment of the dangers of the sea and the son of Pontus and Gaia, and Keto, the daughter of... Pontus and Gaia, and whose name is the root of the word "Cetacian", which is the family of whales and dolphins.

Beyond that it gets wierder. Pontus was also the son of Gaia, born without father. Gaia herself was born from Khaos, also without aid of a father.

Medusa was turned into a monster after Athena found her consorting with Neptune inside one of her temples. After being made into a monster, she was unable to bear the children of Neptune that she carried: Pegasus, the winged horse, and Chrysaor, the golden giant.

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Discover more details about Medusa and her fate?

1st had an affair with posidion being beutiful in athenas temple

2nd Athena made her so ugly she turned turnd evrything she saw to stone

3rd perseus had to cut off her head to bring to king polydeucteus

4th her blood created pegasus

5th her head turned the kraken to stone so perseus could save andrommada

6th perseus used her head to change polydeucteus to stone save his mom.

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Is there a film out called the Medusa project?

No. not yet but when/if they make one I so want to play Nico.

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Is Brock Lesnar ever going to return to Smackdown?

Maybe, Maybe not. Probably, Probably not.

Answeri think he might return for Eddie gurreros death tribbute Answerbrock lesnar has not agreed to come back just yet because he still has a contract with the wwe before he left so he can't wrestle any where else.there is a chance he might attend the royal rumble 2006 at number 30th this would be a huge impact for the show Answerhes not coming bak hes playing football Answeri heard that he's thinking about coming back to wrestling and apparently hes had a meeting with vinve McMahon and they are reconsider taking him back to WWE i think that's wat i heard nyways!!! AnswerHe didn't make it in football, and on wwe.com they have a minor segment on Brock meeting up with Vince McMahon. AnswerI guess nobody knows, the actual story. If you checked wwe.com regularly, u could see that brock said that he really wanted to comeback to pro wrestling, and it took lots of time till the contract offer appeard in the website, but then a suddently change, makes the answer of Lesnar appearing very fast, so it's hard to believe he's not going back to WWE. Answerlooks like there are no developments in the story as WWE.com said that would be after brock declined the offer of wwe. AnswerBROCK LESNAR IS NOT COMING BACK!.VINCE AND BROCK SPOKE WITH EACH OTHER THEY HAD DISAGREEMENTS.BUT I DONT GET WHY VINCE ISNT LETTING HIM COME BACK HES ENTERTAINING HES STRONG AND THE FANS LIKE HIM. ALL THANKS TO VINCE. AnswerBrock needs 2 come back n give a devastating F-5 to that Cena cuz Cena talks too much n he can't even deliver a good clothesline. Brock needs to then lock in the Brock lock to make Cena tap out

yes in 2010

Answerhe is not coming back because he is currently fighting in UFC
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How can Medusa's story be applied to modern day life?

It would apply by learning the moral of the story: Respect other people.

The reason would be because Poseidon and Medusa were not respecting Athena by being together in her temple. For this reason, Athena turned Medusa into a monster.

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What was the mythology story of Medusa?

Medusa was once a beautiful women. She said she was more beautiful than Athena. Poseiden saw her and fell in love with her. They met up at Athena's Temple and had intercourse. Athena was jealous and upset of medusa's beauty and turned her into an ugly dragon like monster with venomous snakes for hair and protruding teeth. Athena also turned Medusa's sisters into ugly monsters too. Athena made Medusa so ugly that any mortal that looked at her, turned to stone. Well, one day a guy named Perseus had a wife and a god threatened to feed her to the kraken(a sea monster). Perseus needed to kill medusa in order to kill the kraken. so the gods helped perseus by giving him armor. when Perseus was walking in the woods, he suddenly saw Medusa and he lifted his armor up that the armor was so bright that Medusa saw her reflection and was turned to stone. So perseus killed medusa and killed the kraken and him and his wife got married,and they lived happily ever after. butthats not all the story for more information go to www.mythse2nb.org BRILLIANT SITE

Actually your story is almost correct. Poseidon took Medusa in Athena's temple, Medusa begged for Athena's comfort but she refused because of how beautiful Medusa was. She turned Medusa into a disgusting creature so no man would ever look at her again without being turned to stone. Perseus the son of Zeus was chosen to kill the Kraken, how he had to do this was go to Medusa's lair, which only men could enter. He cut off her head which he used to turn the Kraken into stone, being that the Kraken had no weakness.. The Kraken was the own blood of Haities, god of the underworld.

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Where did Medusa live?

Nowhere in Ovid' Metamorphosis or The Odyssey did it say where Medusa lived.

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Who were Euryale's parents?

Ceto and Phorkys: or Ceto and Gorgo.

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Where aphrodite and Medusa friends?

No, Medusa was a priestess that worshipped Athena godess of stradegy and wisdom. Medusa only saw 2 gods, Athena (When Medusa got caught in her home with poisiden),and Poisiden.

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What kind of clothing did Medusa wear?

Medusa wore a toga like dress that was possibly white or cream colored. It was not a mini dress.

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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.

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