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Perseus the Gorgon Slayer This is the story of Perseus the Gorgon Slayer. It was prophesised by the oracle at Apollo's temple that Perseus the son of Danae the Daughter of King Acruis of Tiryns and Zeus the King of the Gods, would one day return to kill his grandfather the king Acrius. It was this prophecy that made the King of Tiryns treat his daughter in a cruel fashion. In fear for his life, he locked Danea in a brass tower and kept her under lock and key, so that she would marry and produce children. However Zeus, visited Danae in the tower disguised as a shower of gold and they produced a son called Perseus the hero of this story. When the King found out about this he was furious and scared that despite all his efforts, Danae had succeeded in producing a child. In his anger he took his daughter and grandson and put them in a wooden chest and pushed the chest out to sea. Whilst he did this he vowed to the immortals that he was doing nothing wrong, Scared and cradling her son as they floated in the water, further and further away from her home island, she cried and watched Perseus in wonderment as he slept peacefully through the whole ordeal. ...read more.


They were beautiful. Pure beauty , that any man would die for . They welcomed me willing and lavished me with wonderful food and singing, that I did not want to leave I stayed their for many days not wanting to escape the security and the beautiful scenery . Soon , with a heavy heart I realised that I needed to move on with the quest .The nymphs had been so good me . Before I left however they gave me gifts that would help me on my quest . A Cap of Darkness , which made me invisible , Shoes of Swiftness that would help me escape and the magic wallet which would help me carry the Gorgons head . I now had everything I needed for the quest . With a heavy heart and a silent prayer to the immortals for their blessings I carried on to the most perilous part of the mission yet. I was both scared and excited of what was going to happen next . When I reached the Gorgons place, I was horrified with what I found. Statues of men and beasts lined the fields. My heart thumped as I wondered if I was going to be one of them ? ...read more.


I felt so relieved that the burden of the gorgons head was taken off me, it was in a place where it would hurt no mortal again . As I sat their at the place , I prayed to the Hera to grant me and my wife a long life and a happy marriage filled with lots of children " The tale has a strange ending . You would think that Perseus has no chance to fulfil the prophecy, which the oracle had said would happen. You would be wrong , for he did fulfil the prophecy and was deeply saddened by the death of his grandfather . It happened that as he and Andromeda set sail for Agrolis, they stopped of at the island of Lassira where Perseus took part in the games . He excelled in many of the sports and when it came time of the discus he hurled it so hard that it hit an old man in the crowd , killing him instantly . This man happed to be the King Acrius , who had left his home in fear for his life. The rest of the tale is a classic ending in which Perseus and Andromeda have a long life with many children and Danea and Dictys marry and rule over Seriphos. Among the children of Perseus and Andromeda was Electryon who's grandson was the hero Herakles , but that is another story ! ...read more.

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