What is Gorgons head all about?

In Greek mythology, the Gorgon’s head of Medusa is a symbol of deathly terror. With sharp teeth and a tongue stretched far out of its gaping jaw, it aims its penetrating, wide-eyed gaze directly at the viewer. In place of hair, poisonous snakes, ready to attack, coil about the head.

Who cut of the Gorgon’s head?

Medusa was the only Gorgon who was mortal; hence her slayer, Perseus, was able to kill her by cutting off her head. From the blood that spurted from her neck sprang Chrysaor and Pegasus, her two sons by Poseidon.

Who are the characters of the Gorgon’s head?

Terms in this set (10)

  • Acrisius. King of Argos, received dreadful orcal, father of Danae.
  • Danae. daughter of acrisius, Mother of Perseus.
  • Zeus. Father of Perseus.
  • Dictys. Rescues Perseus and Danae.
  • Polydectes. Brother of Dictys, Husband of Danae, Stepfather of Perseus.
  • Medusa.
  • Hermes.
  • Athene.

What is the style of the Gorgon’s head?

Gorgon heads are quite often found in the centre of cups and bowls at this time. Their shape is suited to the circular field available, and their design is usually both decorative and eye-catching.

Are all Gorgons female?

The Gorgons were three female monsters in Greek mythology who could kill people just by looking at them. The Greek poet Hesiod named them Stheno (the Mighty or Strong), Euryale (the Far Springer) and Medusa (the Queen). He described them as having snakes for hair, wings, claws, tusks, and scales.

How did Gorgons become Gorgons?

Knowing that she could not take anger upon a god directly, Athena directed her wrath towards Medusa and cursed her without warning, to forever become a monster with slithering serpents as hair and a gaze that could turn a man to stone.

Is Medusa still alive?

In classical antiquity, the image of the head of Medusa appeared in the evil-averting device known as the Gorgoneion. According to Hesiod and Aeschylus, she lived and died on Sarpedon, somewhere near Cisthene.

Who are the 3 Gorgons?

The later Greek poet Hesiod increased the number of Gorgons to three—Stheno (the Mighty), Euryale (the Far Springer), and Medusa (the Queen)—and made them the daughters of the sea god Phorcys and of his sister-wife Ceto.

Was there a male Gorgon?

Though, still more accounts make the singular male Gorgon a son of Phorcys and Ceto, and the father of the Gorgon sisters by an unknown mother, thus making both Phorcys and Ceto their grandparents.