Perseus with the head of Medusa, in Florence~ the ancients carved statues of their history, and many believe these creatures of myth were creations of biogenetic engineering by an ancient yet advanced race. Many of our own biogeneticists are on the cutting edge of creating two headed dogs and giving head transplants today.
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. She was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who was sent to fetch her head by King Polydectes of Seriphus. #myth
Andromeda - Gustave Dore. This illustration of the classic Greek myth is an example of the common dragon/maiden relationship. Andromeda is a sacrafice to appease the monster. She must be rescued by a man (Perseus) who them marries her. This can be viewed as a symbolic perservation of maidenhood. The hero is saving her from being morally violated by evil, and then, to preserve her honor, the hero weds her. In all of these traditional dragon tales the woman is passive and in need of…
Fine art, sculpture, Ital. Perseus with the head of Medusa (detail) by Benvenuto Cellini, 1545. This bronze sculpture is located in the Loggia dei Lanzi of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy. It is surrounded by three marble sculptures of Hercules, David and Neptune. It was Cellini’s combining of material and the myth of Medusa turning men to stone that made this statue famous. From a visitor’s perspective, the three surrounding men appear as Medusa’s victims, turned to stone.