Perseus and Andromeda : Wielding the Gorgon’s head, Perseus saves a beautiful maiden from a ravening sea-monster.
Perseus and Andromeda

Based on Aunt Charlotte’s Stories of Greek History by Charlotte Yonge.

Polydectes, King of Seriphos, has sent young Perseus to get the head of Medusa the Gorgon, the very sight of which will turn any man to stone. His hope is that the boy will never come back, clearing the way for him to marry Perseus’s mother, Danaë. But Perseus is on his way home even now...

AS Perseus passed by the Libyan coast, he heard a pitiable cry. It came from a lovely young woman, chained by hands and feet to a rock, who told him that she was the Princess Andromeda, and that her mother Cassiopeia had angered Poseidon by comparing the beautiful Nereids, the spirits of the waves, unfavourably with her.

Poseidon had unleashed a torrent of such watery devastation that the local people had gone to an oracle for advice, who had told Andromeda’s father Cepheus, King of Ethiopia, that he must chain her to this rock. Now Cetus, a ravening sea-monster, was on its way to devour her.

In a moment, the monster was upon them. Perseus told Andromeda to look away, and drawing the head of the Gorgon from his bag, turned Cetus instantly to stone. Then he released Andromeda, and with her parents’ blessing took her with him to Seriphos.

He had something he wanted to show Polydectes.

Based on Aunt Charlotte’s Stories of Greek History by Charlotte Yonge.

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Picture: © Peter Trimming, Geograph. Licence: CC-BY-SA 2.0. View original
An ancient vase from Corinth, depicting (from left to right) the sea-monster Cetus, Perseus, and Andromeda. The image hasn’t been reversed: some of the writing really does run right-to-left.

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