Perseus: A Greek Hero

A Greek Hero

Perseus: A Greek Hero was born in Greece and is one of the most famous Greek heroes of all time. He is known for his killing of the Gorgon Medusa used her gaze to turn anyone who saw her into stone, Saving Andromeda and the accidental killing of King Acrisius.

The genealogy of Perseus, like most mythological heroes, makes him the son of a god and mortal.

King Acrisius feared his fate when the oracles said he would be killed by his grandson, who would turn out to be Perseus. Acrisius locked his daughter in an underground bronze prison after an oracle declared that his future grandson would kill him. Danae conceived Perseus when Zeus made her pregnant in the form of a golden shower. When Perseus was born, King Akrisius feared that he would grow up and kill him, and threw him and Danae into a wooden box into the sea.

Perseus: A Greek Hero

Zeus asks Poseidon to calm the water and he does so Danaë and Perseus survive, washing up on the island of Seriphos where A fisherman named Dictys takes care of them. Years later when Perseus arrives in Larissa, he participates in funeral games and accidentally strikes Acrisius on the head with a discus,

Perseus, the son of Zeus, had help from the gods to find Medusa and behead her, she would be trapped in a cave. Hephaistos (god of fire and smith) gave Perseus a sword and Athena gave him a reflective bronze shield The king of Hades (the underworld) lent him a helmet that made him invisible.

After defeating the Gorgon, Perseus is just then flying near the coast of Ethiopia on his winged sandals,  carrying the severed head. After seeing Andromeda bound to the rock, Perseus falls in love with her, and he secures the promise of her hand in marriage if he can save her. Perseus kills the monster with the magical sword he had used against Medusa, saving Andromeda.

Perseus is credited with the foundation of the city of Mycenae, which later became the capital of the Greek Empire and the first city-state of Greece.