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Perseus, the founder of Mycenae



Perseus was the founder of Mycenae and the Greek hero who killed the Gorgon Medusa.



Family of Perseus

Perseus was the son of Zeus and the princess Danae, daughter of the mythical king of Argos, Acrisius.




The Birth of Perseus

According to a prophecy, Danae's child would be so strong that it would kill the king of Argos, so Acrisius decided to lock his daughter inside a dungeon to prevent any man from approaching her.

But Zeus, the king of the gods, fell madly in love with Danae, so he turned himself into a golden rainstorm and entered the dungeon.

Danae and Zeus gave birth to a child and named it Perseus. When Arcisius learned this, he put Danae and her son in a wooden chest and threw them into the sea. The wind led Danae and Perseus to the island of Serifos, where the fisherman Polydectes discovered them and offered them hospitality. Perseus grew up secretly on Serifos and soon became a very strong and brave man... the time had come for Perseus to be challenged to a very dangerous feat: the feat of freeing the head of Gorgon Medusa.



The Fight with the Medusa

The Gorgon Medusa was a monstrous yet mortal creature with magnificent hair who had the power to turn anyone who looked at her into stone. Messenger of the gods Messenger of the gods Hermes lent Perseus his winged shoes and Athena her shield, and with these weapons Perseus succeeded in defeating Medusa.



Perseus and Andromeda

On his way back to Serifos, Perseus fell in love with Andromeda of Aethiopia and they married. Together they went to the Greek city of Larissa, where the funeral games were held, in which Perseus took part. While participating in a game, he threw the discus so far that it fatally struck his grandfather Acrisius, thus fulfilling the prophecy that was once told.

Following his destiny, Perseus founded the city of Mycenae at a short distance from the city of his grandfather.






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