Polydectes ordered Perseus to bring him the head of the gorgon Medusa. The gorgons were three sisters who lived at the end of the world, beyond the ocean, in the kingdom of Night. Two of the sisters were immortal, like the gods, but Medusa was as mortal as any human.
Originally the sisters had been beautiful maidens, but when Poseidon had courted Medusa, her pride in her beauty was so great that she had scornfully rejected the godâ€™s advances. In his fury, he had cursed Medusa and her sisters, so that they became monstrous creatures, with live snakes in place of their hair, and hideously deformed bodies. But Medusaâ€™s face remained beautiful.
Somehow, the combination of the lovely face of the maiden and the writhing horror of the live snakes that covered her head was more terrible than any ordinary monster could be. Anyone who looked directly on the face of Medusa was immediately turned to stone.
Perseus spent the night in the temple praying to the goddess Athena, who was, after all, the daughter of Zeus and therefore his half-sister. She appeared to him and offered him her polished shield, so that he could see the gorgonâ€™s reflection in the shield when he cut off her head, and not be turned to stone by looking directly on her face. To enable Perseus to get to the end of the world where the gorgons lived, the god Hermes lent him his winged sandals.
Athena told Perseus to visit the fountain nymphs and they would provide him with three gifts that he would need to accomplish his task. Perseus did so, and the nymphs gave him a cap of darkness, to render him invisible, a sword with a diamond edge, for the gorgonâ€™s hide was too tough for an ordinary sword to penetrate, and a bag to carry the head in once he had cut it off.
1 : Medusa is a hot chick.
2 : Poseidon digs Medusa and asks her on a date.
3 : Medusa giggles and rejects Poseidon.
4 : Poseidon is pissed off and turns Medusa into ugly chick with cute face and snake hair.
5 : Anyone who looks at the face , turns into stone.