In Greek mythology, Gorgons or Gorgones were described as three powerful female monsters creatures, the daughters of Phorcys and Ceto. The names of the three Gorgons were Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa. Of the three sisters only Medusa was mortal, and so it was her head which King Polydektes of Seriphos commanded the young hero Perseus to fetch.
Stheno: In Greek mythology, Stheno was the eldest of the Gorgons, vicious female monsters with brass hands, sharp fangs and "hair" made of living venomous snakes. She and her sister Euryale were both immortal, and the third sister, Medusa, was mortal. Of the three Gorgons, she was known to be the most independent and ferocious, having killed more men than both of her sisters combined.
According to some versions,, Stheno was transformed into a Gorgon because of standing with her sister Medusa, who was raped by the sea god Poseidon in the Temple of Athena. Athena baring no emotion and finding no fault in Poseidon, was furious with Medusa. As a punishment, Medusa was changed into a terrible monster, along with her sisters Stheno and Euryale. Stheno tends to be depicted as a thin gorgon monster with red snakes curling around her head instead of hair.
Euryale: In Greek mythology, Euryale was the second eldest one of the Gorgons, three vicious sisters with brass hands, sharp fangs, and hair of living, venomous snakes. She and her sister Stheno, were immortal, where as Medusa was mortal.
According to some versions,, Euryale was transformed into a Gorgon because of standing with her sister Medusa, who was raped by the sea god Poseidon in the Temple of Athena. Athena baring no emotion and finding no fault in Poseidon, was furious with Medusa. As a punishment, Medusa was changed into a terrible monster, along with her sisters Stheno and Euryale. In some version, Euryale had the ability to turn anyone to stone with her gaze. In many stories, Euryale is noted for her bellowing cries, particularly in the tale of Medusa's death at Perseus' hands.
Medusa: In Greek mythology, Medusa was originally a ravishingly beautiful maiden. Poseidon had raped her in Athena's temple, the enraged Athena transformed Medusa's beautiful hair to serpents and made her face so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn onlookers to stone.
|Sea god, Poseidon seducing Medusa in Athena's temple|
I love greek mythology. Does anyone else love the goddessgirl series?ReplyDelete
Very. I just finished reading the first 17 books (except for Artemis the Loyal, which I cannot locate at the library). I especially love the books that are centered around the "evil" or "annoying" characters like Medusa and Pheme. I love comparing the books to the actual myths they portray and CRITIC them (get it? I capitalized the word "critic" that's my username) on how well they are rewritten for children's view.Delete
Does stheno have a ability to kill people with her gaze too or is it just Medusa and Euryale?ReplyDelete
I think it depends on the version of the myth. In some interpretations the transformation and petrifying gaze is regarded as a blessing from Athena, safeguarding her from being raped again. Some myths attribute the power to both Stheno and Euryale, while others leave it to only Medusa. It's mostly up to interpretation, I think.Delete
I've read that Medusa was raped amd kot seduced. There is a huge difference with this. I read on 2 differents occasion that Poseidon wanted to upset Athena and raped Medusa as you have to take a vow of celibacy in order to be a priestess. Once discovered,as posted, Athena then transformed her. Being raped versus being seduced and falling in love create 2 extremely different approaches and perspectives here. Nevertheless, and it is kit a personal attack at all, the reading is interesting and informative.ReplyDelete
Greek mythology is a lil' messed up- I've spent so long reading through a lot of Greek myths and there's a lot of death and messed up things; I've finished reading about the labors Hercules had to do and each time I regard the king wanting to kill Hercules in the process of him doing his challenges.ReplyDelete
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