Perseus Accomplishments

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Greek mythology was used by the ancient Greeks to explain the world around them. “The Greeks created myths to explain just about every element of the human condition”(Greek Mythology). The heroes of Greek mythology pursued extravagant adventures and were an example of ideal qualities. Perseus was a hero who experienced many trials and became famous for his accomplish. The myth of Perseus started before he was even born. The Oracle of Apollo told Acrisius that Danae’s son would kill him (Perseus GreekMythology). Danae was locked away by her father in a tower to ensure she would never have the child. This did not keep Zeus from coming in the window in a shower of gold light and wooing Danae. Her father eventually found her with baby in hand and was unwilling to listen to her implausible story(Ancient History Encyclopedia). Acrisius, wary of the what the oracle had said, sent the mother and child off in a wooden chest into the sea. Even so, Zeus and Poseidon helped them arrive safely on the shores of the Aegean island of Seriphos where a fisherman named Diktys took them in and cared for the marooned pair. Perseus grew up to have an impressive physical prowess and courage.…show more content…
Polydectes tried to charm Danae, but she refused his offers. “If it wasn't for Perseus, Polydectes would have married Danae by force”(Perseus GreekMythology). Perseus became a nuisance for Polydectes so he thought of a way to get rid of him. In one version of this myth, Perseus was supposed to bring a present for Polydectes wedding ceremony. Being poor Perseus could not bring a gift. Polydectes feigned anger and Perseus agreed he would bring the king anything he would ask. Polydectes took this opportunity to send him after the head of the Gorgon Medusa. In a different version Perseus bragged claiming he could slay the Gorgon Medusa. Polydectes then challenged him stating that he if Perseus were to fail he would take possession of
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