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The story of Medusa and the Greek goddess Athena

Athens , Greece

(The user submitted story below is similar to one version of the Medusa myth. The more common version is by the Roman poet Ovid. You can find out more about this here. - The Myths Team)

Many years ago there was a beautiful women called Medusa. She lived in a place called Athens in Greece. She was a very kind and she obeyed her Greek gods and goddesses. There were many pretty girls there, Medusa was one of them.

Every single day Medusa always boasted about her self. She says to other people she is the most prettiest out of everyone in the whole wide world.

On Sunday, Medusa told the miller that her skin is more beautiful then fresh white snow. On Monday, she babbled the cobbler that her hair is brighter than the sun. On Tuesday, she commented the blacksmith's son that her eyes are greener than Aegean sea. On Wednesday, she boasted to the public that her lips are redder than the reddest rose in the world.

When Medusa wasn't busy she would boast about her self while looking in a mirror. She thought she was the prettiest woman in the whole wide world. She admired her self.

On and on Medusa went about her beauty to anyone and everyone who stopped long enough to hear her. Until one day Medusa and her friends went to the Parthenon. It was Medusa's first time going to the Parthenon. The Parthenon was the biggest temple in Greece. In the Parthenon was the goddess of wisdom and that was Athena. There was statues of most of the gods and goddesses in the Greek culture. All the people who went there obeyed Athena, all except Medusa.

Medusa saw all the statues and she whispered "Who ever did this statue did do a good job but it would look better if I was the statues." Every picture she saw she said that the person did a good job but she would look better in the picture and she is so delicate.

When Medusa reached the altar she sighed happily and said, "My this is a beautiful temple. It is a shame it is wasted on Athena for I am much prettier than she is, perhaps one day people will build an even grander temple to my beauty."

Then Medusa's friend grew pale. The priestesses heard what Medusa said and they gasped. The roomer went really quickly through the whole temple and everyone started to leave. Everyone knew Athena will get angry if anyone compared her to someone else.

Before long the temple was empty of everyone except Medusa, who was so busy gazing proudly at her reflection in the large bronze doors that she hadn't noticed the fast departure of everyone else. While Medusa was gazing the figure changes. The figure changed into goddess Athena.

"Vain and foolish girl," Athena shouted angrily, "You think your a prettier girl than me. While other people are working, playing or learning you just boast about your self. Medusa there is more to life than beauty alone you see."

Medusa tried to point out that her beauty was an inspiration to those around her and that she made their lives better by simply looking so lovely, but Athena silenced her with an angry wave.

"Nonsense," screamed Athena "One day beauty will fade away. But I will make it fade away now and all your loveliness will be gone forever."

When Athena uttered those words Medusa turned into a terrible monster. Her hair thickened into hissing snakes and body turned into a snake.

"Are you happy for what I have done? Now anyone who looks in your eyes will now turn into stone and no one will be able to save them," snapped Athena,"Even you, Medusa, should you seek your reflection, will turn to rock the moment you see your face."

Athena then sent Medusa with her hair of snakes to live with the blind monsters, the gorgon sisters, at the end of the earth, so that no innocent people would be turned to stone at the sight of her by accident.

The End :-)

(See what finally happened to Medusa by clicking here. - The Myths Team)

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Medusa was known for her beautiful hair, a goddess look face, gentleness, and good heart. She was an aspiring priestess who loved and worshipped Athena - the reason why she kept herself pure. Just like other men, Poseidon was charmed of her beauty and so he tried to rape her. Believing in Athena's righteousness, and as her follower, she ran to the temple and seek refuge from Athena. But Athena being jealous of Medusa's beauty and threatened from the people who love the young lady, she didn't help Medusa and let Poseidon raped her. Then Poseidon left her in the temple, facing Athena's wrath and cursed her and turned her hair into snakes making everyone who looks at her turned into stone. Medusa having a good heart, secluded herself in a cave to avoid being seen by people. Then she was beheaded by Perseus with the help of Athena and the other gods. For Medusa was pregnant at the time of her death, her two unborn children, Chrysaor and Pegasus, sprang from her blood. Pegasus, symbolizes her mother's gentleness and beauty. Medusa was a gods and goddesses'victim, just like every nymph and mortal female in the Greek mythology. 'hope this would enlighten you. 3rd October 2019
This is wrong. Medusa was dating Poseidon, and they went into the temple while it was closed and started making out and doing other inappropriate stuff. 5th September 2019
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