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  • Copyright: 2008-04-25
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The son of Zeus, to some a greater hero than Herakles, Perseus has his place amongst the first rank of Greek heroes. With the help of Hermes and Athena he killed Medusa, conquered the mighty Kraken and married the beautiful Andromeda. This volume tells of his enduring myth, its rendition in art and literature, and its reception through the Roman period to the modern day.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations and credits
Ancient authors and Fragments
Why Perseus?p. 1
Introducing Perseusp. 3
Key Themesp. 11
The Family Sagap. 13
The family saga on stagep. 13
The impregnation of Danaep. 18
The chest and its mythological comparandap. 19
Acrisius' motivations and the feud with the line of Proetusp. 22
Perseus' childhoodp. 24
Polydectes' trickp. 26
The war against Dionysusp. 28
The death of Perseusp. 32
Overviewp. 33
Medusa and the Gorgonsp. 34
The origins of the Gorgon-head and of the Medusa storyp. 34
The development of the quest narrative: Aeschylus and Pherecydesp. 40
Perseus' equipmentp. 43
Where did the Gorgons live?p. 47
Gorgon weaponryp. 50
The corruption and punishment of Medusap. 55
The female groups: Gorgons, Graeae, Nymphs, Hesperides and Nereidsp. 56
Athena, Perseus, Bellerophon and the dragonsp. 60
Perseus and Jason: quest narratives and myths of maturationp. 63
Overviewp. 65
Andromeda and the Sea-Monsterp. 67
The origins of the Andromeda talep. 67
The tragic Andromedap. 69
The imperial Andromedap. 72
The catasterismsp. 74
Eros and eroticismp. 77
From Arcadia to India: Black Andromeda?p. 82
The ketos: a natural historyp. 87
The Andromeda tale in context: Hesione and the dragonsp. 93
Folktale comparandap. 97
Overviewp. 99
The Use and Abuse of Perseusp. 100
Perseus in the Argolidp. 100
Perseus in Seriphos and Larissap. 105
Perseus in Athens and Spartap. 106
Perseus in Persiap. 109
Perseus in Egyptp. 113
Perseus in the Macedonian and Hellenistic dynastiesp. 114
Perseus in Rome and Italyp. 118
Perseus in Roman Asia Minorp. 119
Perseus rationalisedp. 121
Overviewp. 126
Perseus Afterwardsp. 129
Perseus After Antiquityp. 131
From Fulgentius to Freud: three ages in the allegorisation of the Medusa talep. 131
The Christian Perseus: St George and Princess Sabra, Roger and Angelicap. 136
Burne-Jones' Perseus Seriesp. 138
Overviewp. 143
Conclusion: The Personality of Perseusp. 145
Appendicesp. 147
Literary sources for the Perseus cyclep. 149
Family treep. 153
Notesp. 154
Further readingp. 167
Bibliographyp. 169
Indexp. 183
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