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Myths of the Day II. Greek Mythology: Beasts. MEDUSA. Famously known as the woman with snakes for hair She was originally a beautiful, golden-haired maiden. Medusa was a priestess of Athena, and dedicated to a celibate life. Medusa. Poseidon desired her, and there are two stories… - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Greek Mythology

Greek Mythology: BeastsMyths of the DayII


MedusaFamously known as the woman with snakes for hairShe was originally a beautiful, golden-haired maiden.Medusa was a priestess of Athena, and dedicated to a celibate life

Poseidon desired her, and there are two stories1. After being rejected, raped her in the Temple of Athena2. She fell in love with himEither way, Athena was horrified, and decided to punish Medusa harshlyHer OffenseShe was cursedEach wavy golden lock turned into a venomous snakeHer gentle, love-inspiring eyes now became blood-shot, furious orbsHer milk-white skin turned a loathsome greenish tinge

Her End

Repulsed with herself, she left her home, never to returnIn her despair she fled to Africa, which is why some native cultures there worship snakesA hero named Perseus eventually beheads her

The Minotaur

It begins with MinosIn Crete there were three princes, struggling to ascend to the throne.Minos prayed to Poseidon to send him a snow-white bull, as a sign of approval of the gods for his reign

A gift from the gods

He promised to sacrifice the bull, as a sign he was a servant to the gods.A beautiful white bull rose from the sea, but when Minos saw it, he wanted to keep it for himself.

Poseidons RevengeHe assumed Poseidon would not mind, so he kept it.Poseidon did mind. He got his revenge by causing Minos wife to fall in love with the white bull.

Freaky Deaky Offspring

She tricked the bull into making love to her using an invention from Deadalus, an inventor. Their child was a monster called a Minotaur.The creature had the head and tail of a bull, but the body of a man.

The Labyrinth

The monster caused so much destruction on Crete that Deadalus was called again.The architect built a huge, intricate labyrinth, and the Minotaur was locked inside.The EndEvery year for nine years, seven youths and maidens came as tribute from Athens.Eventually, he was beaten to death by Greek hero Theseus.

The SirensSirens

Half-woman, half-bird-like creaturesSang such sweet songs that listeners forgot everything and died of hungerThey use their voices to lure ships to the shallows, where they crashSong of the Sirens is irresistible to menPegasus


Winged horseThe result of the mating of Medusa and PoseidonIt was born from Medusa when her head was cut off by Perseus.He was tamed by Bellerophon, for awhile. He ended up on Mt. Olympus, carrying Zeus lightning bolts


CerberusThree-headed dog with a dragon tailGuards the entrance to the Underworld, allowing the dead to enter but never leaveOnce he got away, and Hercules had to fetch him


CyclopsGigantic one-eyed monstersGenerally thought of as the Sons of Uranus and GaeaLed a lawless life, with no social manners or fear of the godsWorked for Hephaestus


CentaurHalf-man, half-horseMost are wild and savage, known for lustfulness and drunkennessThe most famous is Chiron, who was wise and known for his goodnessChiron trained Achilles

CharybdisDaughter of Poseidon and GaiaShe flooded land to enlarge her fathers kingdom. Zeus was angry, and turned her into a monsterShe is a giant whirlpool, who swallows huge amounts of water three times a day, and then belches it back out


Formerly a beautiful maidenGlacus was deeply in love with Scylla. He went to the witch Circe and asked for a potion that would warm her heart.Circe fell in love with him instead, but he still only wanted Scylla. Circe was jealous, so she turned Scylla into a monsterShe has 6 arms, 6 heads with 4 eyes each, the lower part of her body is siz hideous dogs with a mouth containing rows of teethHidden in a cave in a cliff