History Of Perseus Essay

1157 words - 5 pages

Throughout history, many ancient cultures created stories involving great heroes and gods to explain certain aspects of their daily lives. These stories would form an important part of the culture’s religion and are referred to today as mythology. One great hero from ancient Greek mythology is Perseus. According to both ancient standards and today’s standards, Perseus would be seen as a great hero. The many actions that Perseus is said to have done in his adventures prove his heroism.
Perseus was born to Danae and the Greek god Zeus. Acrisius, the father of Danae, was told by the oracle of Apollo that Danae’s son would kill him. After finding out that Danae had her son, Perseus, Acrisius shut Perseus and Dane up in a large chest cast the chest out to sea. After a while out in the sea, they landed on the island of Seriphos, where they were saved by the king Polydectes’s brother, Dictys. Polydectes, after hearing about Danae, wanted her to marry him. In order to get rid of Perseus, so that no one would be able to stop him from marrying Danae, Polydectes came up with a plan. He pretended to be marrying the daughter of one of his friends and required everyone to bring him a wedding gift. Polydectes knew that Perseus, being very poor, would arrive empty-handed. Perseus vowed that he could bring Polydectes anything that he wanted and so Polydectes demanded Perseus to bring him the head of the gorgon Medusa, hoping that he would be killed. Perseus set off on his adventure to kill Medusa and while stopping to rest one night in an unknown land, Perseus realized how hopeless the adventure seemed to be. “Gorgons were horrible, instead of hair they had black serpents that writhed on their head, they had brazen hands that could have squashed poor Perseus, but worst of all if you looked a [sic] gorgon you were instantly turned to stone.” (Albright 1) Suddenly, the god Hermes and goddess Athena appeared. Hermes gave Perseus winged sandals for him to fly with and a sickle to use to kill Medusa. Athena gave Perseus a shield to reflect Medusa’s image so he would not be turned to stone. Before they left, Hermes told Perseus to find the Graeae and convince them to tell him where the Nymphs of the North are located. Perseus went to the Graeae cave and stole their eye, which they had to share with one another. Since Perseus threatened to destroy the eye if the Graeae did not tell him where to find the Nymphs of the North, they told him where to go. Perseus gave the eye back and flew, using the winged sandals, to where the Nymphs of the North were located. They gave Perseus the Cap of Darkness, which, “has the power to make its wearer invisible,” (Albright 2) and a magic wallet to keep Medusa’s head in. After learning where the gorgons’ lair was, Perseus flew north to the lair, put the Cap of Darkness on, and killed Medusa when she and her sisters were sleeping. He used the shield to see her reflection and the sickle to cut off her head. ...

Find Another Essay On History of Perseus

Was Marcus Brutus a successful leader or was he too effected by his personal life

1092 words - 4 pages positive. The way that Brutus was brought up had a great effect on him, preventing him from being the man he wished to be. Brutus's family history is not one that would have a good effect on a child, or a man. Servilia was married to Junius Brutus and bore him three sons, however Junius ended up killing two of the sons when they were older. He did not harm Brutus as he was still a young boy (Perseus). This is cruelty that Brutus would have grown

Overview of Greek Mythology Essay

3224 words - 13 pages important in their lives, such as fire, water, air, and lightning to be gods which govern the world. The gods of the ancient Greeks had a complicated genealogy with many generations of gods and goddesses. The tales of these gods were woven into an immense variety of fables. The fables of the Greek gods were handed down through word of mouth, from one generation to another, long before written logs were used (History). The fables that were passed

Oedipus the King

2228 words - 9 pages : Longman, 2007. 887-924. "Tetralogy Definition | Definition of Tetralogy at Dictionary.com." Dictionary.com. 14 May 2009 . "The Glory that was Greece." Www.watson.org. 15 May 2009 . "Thomas R. Martin, An Overview of Classical Greek History from Mycenae to Alexander, The Development of Athenian Tragedy." Perseus Digital Library. 14 May 2009 .

Greek Mythology

1299 words - 5 pages As ancient Greek mythology began to evolve, the Age of Gods and Mortals had created such an epic beginning for stories to revolve around. Greeks regarded mythology as a part of their history. They used myth to explain natural phenomena, cultural variations, traditional beliefs and friendships. Greece had been mainly defined by its numerous accounts of various wars and battles, as well as its incredible architecture, but nothing had defined


682 words - 3 pages Herodotus (484-424 BC ?) a Greek historian, known as the father of history, who was the first historian to apply critical evaluation to his material, while also recording divergent opinions. He made his prose style resemble the finest poetry by its persuasiveness, its charm, and its utterly delightful effect. Although his writings have been praised, their trustworthiness has been questioned both in ancient and modern times. After four years in

How Useful is Archaic Greek Poetry as a Historical Source

1518 words - 6 pages . The Perseus Digital Library, Tufts University Pratt, L.H., (1993) Lying and Poetry from Homer to Pindar: falsehood and deception in archaic Greek poetics Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press Snodgrass, A., (1980) Archaic Greece: The Age of Experiment. London Melbourne Toronto: J M Dent & Sons Ltd Thucydides, (2014) History of the Peloponnesian War, Book 6. 3. 2, on Crane, G.R., The Perseus Digital Library, Tufts University

Term Paper

2658 words - 11 pages History is constantly repeating itself. Even though things are over and done with once they happen, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have an influence on what happens in the future. Greek myths are a prime example of this. Though they are extremely old, they still share similarities in the ways that we think and have a major influence on modern hero stories. Joseph Campbell, an American mythologist, wrote a theory called the “monomyth


1023 words - 4 pages secondary analyses on these data, thereby learning how to frame research questions, analyze data, and interpret results. Perseus is an encyclopedic database of Greek archaeology, history and ancient texts with Greek and English translations and morphology. This database includes site plans, coins, sculpture, and poetry. Perseus allows students to ask questions and seek answers from authentic primary source materials. Simulating Laboratory Work

Greenspan: The Man Behind Money

883 words - 4 pages objections to antitrust laws. These essays came back to haunt him during his nomination for Chairman of the Federal Reserve, when the Congress questioned him about his past with the objectivists. In Greenspan: The Man Behind Money, Justin Martin does an excellent job of explaining the foundation of economics and the contributing members of the economic community, whose theories shaped it throughout history. Milton Friedman, author of "Capitalism and

American Political Climate Leading Up To Affirmative Action In The 1990's

2852 words - 11 pages very much a deterrent to non-whites in America. Thus, systems like Affirmative Action that encourage ethnic and gender diversity have been embraced by schools and employers alike in order to "even the playing field" and rectify centuries of social disadvantage by working harder to accept or hire those who have been historically disadvantaged. This paper is an examination of the history and evolution of Affirmative Action in the United States of


2085 words - 8 pages Mycenae Problems with format ?Mycenae in southern Greece is one of the oldest cities in the world, the center of rich myth, culture, and history.? For centuries, legends abounded about the wealth, fame, and power of this city, particularly concerning its involvement in the Trojan War.? Yet, just 200 years ago, people wondered whether the ancient city of Mycenae even existed.? However, archaeological work in the past two centuries has

Similar Essays

Perseus: Symbol Of Ethical Values. Essay

907 words - 4 pages Perseus: Symbol of Ethical Values When I think of what a hero represents to me, I think of an individual who fights for family values and the ethics of a good human being. Greek mythological heroes have many attributes that can be related to positive traits in society today. One such ancient hero is Perseus. During his exploits Perseus set standards, which people of ancient Greece could follow and which people can follow today. The myth of

Edith Hamilton. "Mythology." Character Analisys Of "Perseus."

540 words - 2 pages Perseus         Almost all heroes follow a formula. This framework is subject to some degree of variation, but it holds true to many of Hamilton's stories retold in Mythology. The three stages of a hero, the separation, the initiation, and the return, are demonstrated in the story of Perseus.         The separation is the begging of the quest. This starts with the heroes decision to depart from the known world, or him being forced

Similarities And Differences Between Odysseus And Theseus, Jason, Hercules, And Perseus.

1071 words - 4 pages is uncommon for its time. The Odyssey contains numerous examples of a hero's journey which can be compared and contrasted with other Greek myths such as the stories of Theseus, Jason, Hercules, and Perseus. However, Homer's Odyssey doesn't contain and follow some of the classical rules of a hero's journey by telling the story of a older, well established hero, yet it is considered far superior compared to other hero myths through its vivid

Mythological Heroes Essay

2496 words - 10 pages . However, he wished for a boy to inherit the throne. He then asked the Oracle at Delphi "if there was any hope that some day he would be the father of a boy" (Hamilton 141). The priestess informed the King that the son of his daughter would grow to kill him. After many days and a visit from Zeus, she gave birth to a boy Perseus, son of the King of gods. Dana attempted to keep her son a secret, but eventually her father noticed the baby and forced