►Greek Mythology: “The Gorgons”.-

The following is a reblog of a fascinating post on Gorgons from Greek Mythology. Of particular interest is the mythology of Medusa in which Aquileana provides an interpretation of its meaning. Please enjoy the following ►Greek Mythology: “The Gorgons by Aquileana; Published on 09/16/2015

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Perseus and Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini, (1554). Perseus with the head of Medusa. Details. Perseus and Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini, (1554). Perseus with the head of Medusa. Details.

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In Greek Mythology, the Gorgons were three monsters, daughters of Echidna and Typhon. Their names were Stheno (“forceful”), Euryale (“far-roaming”), and the most famous of them, Medusa (“ruler”).  Although the first two were immortal, Medusa was not, and she was slain by the demigod and hero Perseus.

It was said that their  appearance would turn anyone who laid eyes upon it to stone. The name “Gorgon”  is Greek, being derived from “gorgos” and translating as “terrible” or “dreadful”.

Hesiod in his “Theogony” imagines the Gorgons as three sea daemons and makes them the daughters of two sea deities.

Homer speaks only of one Gorgon, whose head is represented in “The Iliad”as fixed in the centre of the aegis (meaning a mirrored shield) of Athena, the Greek Goddess of Wisdom,  and whose counterpart was a device on the shield…

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2 thoughts on “►Greek Mythology: “The Gorgons”.-

  1. My pleasure, Aquileana. This was a particularly fascinating post about some of the meaning to the tragic mythology of Medusa. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge on Greek mythology.

    Best regards,
    Linnea

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