ANTHONY FREDERICK SANDYS ~ MEDUSA

Medusa” Anthony Frederick Sandys (1829-1904) In Greek Mythology Medusa (Greek: Μέδουσα (Médousa), “guardian, protectress”) was a Gorgon, a cothonic female monster, and a daughter of Phorcys and Ceto; Only Hyginus, (Fabulae, 151) interposes a generation and gives another cohthonic pair as parents of Medusa; gazing directly upon her eyes would turn onlookers to stone. She 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. In classical antiquity the image of the...