Greek Hero: Perseus

The heroes of Greek myth are more than human, yet less than gods. However, using their supernatural powers for protection and war, they are and were praised as religious symbols, giving them a demigod-like status. Many of the prominent Greek heroes such as Achilles and Odysseus were involved in the famous Trojan War, in which the Achaeans (Greeks) waged war on the city of Troy after Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband Menelaus, king of Sparta.

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Perseus is a hero in Greek mythology. He is the son of the god of all gods, Zeus, and a beautiful young woman of mortal descent by the name of Danae. His grandfather was the King Acrisius. He is the brother of the goddess Athena and the god Hermes among other gods. He is the husband of Lady Andromeda and the father of Heracles (Hercules). In the legend of Perseus, he was born after a prophecy that his grandfather had. King Acrisius was told that if his daughter bore a child, it would kill him and take over as king...

Out of fear, Arcrisis took his daughter Danae and placed her in a tower with no entrances in order to prevent her from becoming pregnant with a child that would be destined to kill him. However, unbeknownst to the king, Danae had caught the eye of the god Zeus. Zeus wanted to please her, so he made it so her dark and dreary tower would be filled with more light and more life. The two tangled in the realm of romance and eventually she bore him a son, who she named Perseus. King Acrisius saw the light from her tower and immediately destroyed a wall to see what was going on. As a result of finding his daughter with a child in her arms, he locked her and Perseus in a box and cast them out to sea, in hopes that they would either die or never be able to come back home. They were found by their uncle, a fisherman. They were taken care of and Perseus was raised to become a strong, young and handsome man. However, time took a turn for the worst when the prince of the island Seriphos, Polydectes, took a liking to Perseus’s mother. Instead of forcing Danae to be his wife right away, he sent Perseus to retrieve the head of the Gordon Medusa. A difficult task for any man, he was assisted by his sister Athena and his brother Hermes - who supplied a shield, sickle, and winged shoes in order to kill and leave as quickly as possible. With their help, he was able to behead the hag and begin his return to Seriphos. During his return, he met Atlas, the Titan that was burdened to hold to weight of the world on his shoulders without any rest. In sympathy, Perseus showed Atlas the head of Medusa and the titan was instantly turned to stone. Atlas would no longer have to bear the weight of the world in pain. He took the head back to Polydectes, where the king and all of his men looked into the eyes of the awful creature and were immediately turned to stone. After this event, Perseus became engaged to Andromeda, a woman he had saved from a creature by using the head of Medusa to turn the creature to stone. They had many children and the most famous of all was the hero Heracles. When Perseus and Andromeda passed away from the human world, they were placed in the sky as stars to live forevermore.