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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.

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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

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Medusa: In Greek mythology Medusa was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as having the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazing directly into her eyes would turn onlookers to stone. Most sources describe her as the daughter of Phorcys and Ceto. Medusa was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who thereafter used her head as a weapon until he gave it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield. #myth

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Leonard Porter Perseus and Andromeda 2006 Ink and Watercolor on Paper 7 3/4 x 6 inches. Private Collection, New York, NYWashington, DC

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Athene receives the head of Medousa from Perseus. The hero is depicted as a young man, wearing the winged boots of Hermes and the cap of darkness on his head. Athene holds the Gorgoneion (Gorgon head) by its snaky locks, its image reflecting in the mirror of the shield. ca 400 - 385 BC

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