Stunning Ancient Roman Bronze Applique - Bust Medusa - Gorgon 1st Century AD-879

Stunning Ancient Roman Bronze Applique - Bust Medusa - Gorgon 1st Century AD-879

In a late version of the Medusa myth, related by the Roman poet Ovid (Metamorphoses 4.770) Medusa was originally a ravishingly beautiful maiden, "the jealous aspiration of many suitors," but because 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.

In a late version of the Medusa myth, related by the Roman poet Ovid (Metamorphoses 4.770) Medusa was originally a ravishingly beautiful maiden, "the jealous aspiration of many suitors," but because 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.

Greek Myths & Legends; Paintings of Classical Mythology and a brief introduction to Greek & Roman, Mythology featuring contemporary Illustrations by Howard David Johnson

Greek Myths & Legends; Paintings of Classical Mythology and a brief introduction to Greek & Roman, Mythology featuring contemporary Illustrations by Howard David Johnson

Medusa Gorgon

Medusa Gorgon

Medusa Gorgon

Medusa Gorgon

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